PH Military receives P183M weapons, equipment from US
By : Bobby Lagsa Mindanao Today/06:31:10pm 07/17/2021
(Editor’s note: This news article was published in the print edition of Mindanao Today on June 23, 2021)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Armed Forces of the Philippines received from the Joint United States Military Assistance Group-Philippines (JUSMAG-P) P183 million worth of weapons and equipment at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
The delivery, funded by both The Philippine government and U.S. grant assistance, included FN M3P belt-fed vehicle heavy machine gun, 10 mortar tubes, and other equipment. The delivery is intended to enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism and maritime security capabilities.
Col. Stephen Ma, JUSMAG-Philippines chief and senior defense official to the Philippines, said that US-Philippines mutual security collaboration remains a cornerstone of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“The United States will continue to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ capacity building efforts through joint training and key military equipment transfers,” Ma said.
Since 2015, the United States has provided more than P48.6 billion (or $US1 billion) in security assistance to the Philippines, making the country the largest recipient of American military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region.
This year, the US and the Philippines are commemorating 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty and this delivery continue the United States’ longstanding commitment to its Filipino allies.
The assistance came a week after Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana hosted the meeting with Adm. William Merz and his team at the chief of staff's office in General Headquarters Building, Camp Aguinaldo where they discussed the robust partnership between the AFP and US Armed Forces.
Admiral Merz is the commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan.
“The AFP and the U.S. Armed Forces’ cooperation and partnership will continue to thrive while we mutually find ways to step up our initiatives in addressing current security concerns. We shall keep developing visionary bilateral action plans in addressing potential future security concerns to maintain regional peace,” Sobejana said
Sobejana, in his visit to the Philippine Air Force 5th Fighter Wing headquarters in Basa Air Base, Pampanga on Monday said that the AFP will continue its acquisition of modern equipment.
“We will pursue the acquisition of more modern assets such as the Multi-Role Fighters to beef up our air defense capability. These shall boost the morale and welfare of our troops because after all, our personnel are our greatest and most valuable asset,” he said.