Philippines to get US military hardware from US after UN vote
The Philippines has ordered the delivery of military equipment to help its military fight the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, a senior military official said on Tuesday.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Chief Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, said the Philippine Air Force (PAF) would soon start buying military equipment from the US for the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS), AFP news agency reported.
The PAF’s new order for military hardware comes as the Philippines is hosting the first-ever meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York.
The Philippines is the only country in the world with a UNSC seat and has become a main US ally as it hosts the United States in the fight to curb al-Qaida-linked militants in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.
The move was made after the US had been asked by the Philippine government to take part in the anti-ISIS coalition, according to a report in the Philippine newspaper, the Inquirer.US President Donald Trump had asked the Philippines last month to help tackle ISIS, who have been targeting the south Asian nation since 2014.
“We are going to start the process to get military equipment for the Philippine Armed Forces to help us fight ISIS.
The United States is one of our closest allies, so we have to do this for them.
So, we are going there,” Dela Rosa said.US Ambassador to the Philippines Joseph Yun said in a statement on Monday that the US has already been engaged in military activities in the region since 2014, and that the Philippines would play a key role in supporting efforts against ISIS.”
President Duterte has made it clear that the United State will not stand idly by and allow this evil to continue.
Our military and our allies will support this effort and assist the Philippines in the effort to defeat this enemy,” Yun said.
The president said on Sunday he is committed to strengthening cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom, and urged other countries to do likewise.
“Our military is going to work with our partners in the Philippines to combat terrorism.
The Philippines is also going to be a key partner in the efforts against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is the enemy of the Philippines,” Yun told reporters.
Dela Rosa said on Monday the Philippine armed forces had already started purchasing military equipment, including air defence systems, to help them battle ISIS.