The handover of the weapons immediately. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy in Manila

The United States has given the Philippines a whole lot of machine weapons, pistols and grenade launchers to help in the fight against Islamist militants in Marawi City.

The weapons have been handed over at a ceremony in Manila immediately (Monday, June 5) that highlighted an American counter-terrorism help programme value about $150 million.

“This equipment will enhance the (Philippine Marines’) counterterrorism capabilities, and help protect troops actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines,” a press release by the US embassy in Manila mentioned.

Philippine Marines chief Major General Emmanuel Salamat mentioned troops would use the weapons to counter the ongoing chaos in Marawi.

Terrorists flying black Islamic State (IS) flags rampaged by means of the metropolis practically two weeks in the past, leaving not less than 178 folks, together with 120 militants, useless.

In response to the violence, President Duterte declared martial legislation throughout the total island of Mindanao.

The Philippines and the US are certain by a 1951 mutual defence treaty to defend one another if attacked. The US can also be the nation’s largest provider of arms.

However President Duterte has sought to loosen the Philippines’ ties with the US in favour of nearer relations with China and Russia.

He has additionally referred to as for the withdrawal of American troops from his nation whereas cutting down joint navy workout routines.

He is now wanting to China and Russia as new sources of weapons, and lately complained about the high quality of “second-hand” American .

“I will not accept any more military equipment that is second hand,” he mentioned on Friday. “The ones the Americans are giving, I do not want that anymore.”

The gear handed over immediately was all new.

It included 4 M134D machine weapons, that are able to firing hundreds of rounds a minute, in addition to 300 M4 assault rifles and 100 grenade launchers.

Source: philippineslifestyle