RP needs P2.9B to tighten borders

congress philippinesThe Philippines is seeking more than P2.9 billion from Congress to acquire helicopters and more boats to prevent Islamic militants slipping into the country from Indonesia, a senior defense official said yesterday.

Australia and the United States have been helping set up a maritime surveillance system in the southern Philippines to stop Muslim militants using porous maritime borders to seek shelter in troubled areas in the Mindanao region.

On Thursday, the defense department sent its budget proposal to the house of Representatives seeking P2.9 billion to acquire and additional “interdiction capability” to complement its surveillance and communications system. Reuters

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