US pledges $26.5 million to PHL to help in counterterrorism efforts

(Eagle News) — The United States has pledged to contribute  $26.5 million over the next two years to the Philippines to help the Asian country in its counterterrorism efforts.

In a statement, the US embassy said the assistance will include “training, equipment, and other support.”

It said this was “to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement; investigate and prosecute terrorism cases; and counter radicalization to violence and violent extremism.”

“This support for non-military rule-of-law approaches to addressing terrorist threats will complement our sustained commitment to building the counterterrorism capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” the US embassy said.

The United States has provided the Philippines with aid for the rehabilitation of Marawi, which was attacked by local terrorists in May last year.