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PNP receives $3M worth of counter-terror gear from US

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday received counter-terrorism equipment from the United States (US), including bomb suits and trucks.

In a statement, the PNP said the gear came from the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program of the Diplomatic Security Services (DSS) of the US Embassy.

These sets of equipment include 31 bomb suits, 37 digital SCANX, 40 X-ray sources, 10 EOD bomb suit batteries, 33 high-risk search techniques kits, 13 SEEKERe Kits, and 7 pickup Ford Ranger trucks.

The donations would improve capabilities in detecting, preventing, and responding to terrorist threats in the country, PNP Director for Logistics Police Major General Ronaldo Olay said.

"We are extremely grateful for this donation, which will undoubtedly be a game-changer in our ability to fulfill our mission to keep our communities safe from terrorism and other forms of criminality," he said.

The turnover ceremony held at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City was attended by ranking officials from both the PNP and the US Embassy including Ambassador MaryKay L. Carlson.

“The United States remains steadfast in its friendship and commitment to the Government of the Philippines, and we are very proud of our continuing partnership in the fight against terrorism,” Carlson said.

“I am confident that working together, we will be able to deter, interdict, and prevent acts of terrorism,” she added.

The ATA support to the PNP started in 1986 when the US created the program to provide antiterrorism training and equipment to law enforcement agencies of partner nations, the PNP said. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA Integrated News

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