MANILA, Philippines – After back-to-back bombings in key areas in Mindanao, the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) acquired anti-bomb tools from the federal government of Japan.
The Japanese authorities on Tuesday, February 12, handed over 6 bomb fits, 6 ballistic shields, 440 bulletproof vests, and 440 ballistic helmets to the PNP throughout a ceremony at Camp Crame.
The turnover was led by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, whereas police chief Director Normal Oscar Albayalde represented the PNP.
Albayalde stated the bomb fits and ballistic shields will likely be given to PNP Explosive and Ordnance Detection (EOD) items throughout the nation. The helmets, in the meantime, will likely be issued to the PNP’s anti-terrorism items such because the elite Particular Motion Pressure.
Japan’s donation comes weeks after areas in Mindanao had been hit with 2 main bombings.
On January 27, twin blasts on the Jolo, Sulu cathedral killed no less than 23 and wounded over 100. Days later, on January 30, a grenade was thrown inside a Zamboanga Metropolis mosque the place touring preachers had been resting, leaving 2 lifeless and Four injured.
Extra bombings occurred in 2018, allegedly orchestrated by native terror teams based mostly in Mindanao.
“All these donated tools will definitely go a great distance in enhancing police functionality in addressing safety points and threats to public security,” Albayalde stated.