Philippines has received some 3000 assault rifles, 90 long range sniper weapons along with respective ammunition donated by China to fight the Maute terrorist group which has laid siege to Marawi city for more than two months.
The arms and ammunition was delivered at the Harrison Landing Zone, Clark Freeport, by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua to President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday, China military online reported Thursday.
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the firearms donation is one of the defense cooperation matters discussed by the People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping in his visit to China last October. The latter is part of the military package to the Philippines, in relation with the emerging threat of terrorism and piracy in Mindanao.
“These rifles and ammunition are (a) welcome addition to the existing materiel in the arsenal of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Likewise, these will certainly improve the capabilities of our Armed Forces for the internal security operations particularly in the southern part of the country," the DND chief was quoted as saying.
Marawi city witnessed the six-week long conflict when the country’s military and police units tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "Emir" in Southeast Asia last May 23.
Indonesias military has bolstered its border security with three Sukhoi jets to drive away the Islamic State Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from crossing the border from southern Philippines into the Indonesian territory. Chief of the Air Force base in Tarakan, Colonel Didik Krisyanto was quoted as saying by Antara news Sunday that the three Sukhoi aircraft, arrived on Friday to stay for a month in Tarakan to help forestall possible infiltration of the radicals from entering Indonesia after large scale offensive by the Philippine government military
The United States today donated 300 M4 carbines, 200 Glock 21 pistols, Four M134D Gatling-style machine guns and 100 M203 grenade launchers to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts of the Philippines Marine Corps (PMC). The latest batch is part of P7
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his countrys Ministry of Defence to cancel a deal to buy 16 Helicopters from Bell Canada after Ottawa threatened to hold up export clearance on Manilas human rights record. "I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached," Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City
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Moscow and Manila have signed a contract for the delivery of the Russian-made RPG-7B grenade launchers and ammunition to the Philippines. The contract was signed by Russias Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev and Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, TASS reported
China will be handing over the second batch of military equipment to the Philippines on Thursday, that include 3,000 M4 rifles, three million rounds of assorted ammunition, and 30 sniper scopes. The military assistance worth $22 million will be handed over to Military Chief General Eduardo Año and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, in the capital Manila today, as Chinas commitment to the Philippines campaign against terrorism and crime
The Laotian Defense Ministry has expressed keen interest in buying G2 elite pistols, SPR 2 sniper rifles and ammunition from Indonesian state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad, the company's vice president for export Ridi Djajakusuma said. "We have again introduced and promoted PT Pindad products to the Laotian Defense Ministry
The Philippines has denied reports that the Pentagon could begin attacking Islamic militants behind the siege of Marawi City with drone strikes. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief Eduardo Ano said there were no discussions with the United States regarding airstrikes against local targets,
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