Philippines National Police boat
Philippine National Police boat in Iloilo River, Iloilo City, the Philippines (CREDIT: Iloilo Wanderer)

Law enforcement in the Philippines will receive a major boost thanks to assistance from the United States.

In order to help Manila “enhance its law enforcement and maritime law enforcement capabilities and support justice sector reform,” the U.S. will provide $17.68 million in support, according to a release from the Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines.

[Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr.] said the agreement covers funding to help the Philippines strengthen its capacity to address extrajudicial killings and other human rights cases.

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… Cuisia said the funds will be used primarily to support the Global Security Contingency Fund Program (GSFP) to prepare the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard to assume increased responsibility for combating terrorism and maintaining internal peace and security in the lands and waters of the southern Philippines.

He said the funds will also be used to support the Southeast Asia Maritime Initiative project to assist further development of operational and institutional capabilities of the Coast Guard and PNP Maritime Group.

“As early as 2003, the Philippines and the US have been working together to strengthen the institutional capability in the area of narcotics control and law enforcement,” Cuisia said in a statement. “… Both our countries perceive these challenges as common threats and we welcome the opportunity to work with the U.S. Government to eliminate these threats that scourge our people.”

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