Japan-made patrol vessels to help PH guard seas vs Abu Sayyaf, pirates, smugglers

The procurement of over two dozen Japanese ships and high-speed boats—topped by two largescale vessels whose acquisition were sealed during President Duterte’s just-concluded official visit to Tokyo—would significantly shore up the security and border patrol capabilities of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), especially in running after drug smugglers as well as Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists and pirates who prey on foreign and local mariners and seafarers in the South, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.
Given the porous shoreline that span 36,289 kilometers throughout the archipelago, Dominguez said the PCG is in dire need of first-rate boats to better guard Philippine shores and the high seas we share with our neighbors against narco traffickers who peddle their drugs here or use the country as a transshipment point for their contraband and also against ASG terrorists and bandits who kidnap or rob sailors at gunpoint.
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Source: update.ph

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