PNP, recipient of Japanese donation worth P225.6M (100 patrol cars and various equiptments)

PNP, recipient of Japanese donation worth P225.6M (100 patrol cars and various equiptments)

Indeed it can be said that it is the “Golden Age” of Philippine-Japan relations.

Since, Rodrigo Roa Duterte became president , an unprecedented growth in the relations between the nations have been felt, a historic picture of the Prime Minister of Japan-Shinzo Abe in the humble abode of the President (and the “kulambo” in the background), the two visits of the Philippine President in Japan, the numerous  bilateral, trade agreements plus the military support being extended by Japan in the country- was never heard of until now.
PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa takes the newly donated SUV for a test drive, with him is Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda (photo credit to rappler)
Today, Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017 is another historic moment in the two nations history- the Japanese government just donated 100 patrol vehicles to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

A total of 40 Mitsubishi Montero SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) were neatly parked in front of the PNP national headquarters building in Camp Crame, and was received by PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

The vehicles are part of the 87 SUVs, and 13 Nissan Urvan vans from Japan to be distributed all over the Philippines, PNP Dir. Gen Dela Rosa said.

The Japanese government donated 6 bomb suits, 6 ballistic shields, and 440 pairs of bullet-proof helmets and vests.
All in all the donation amounts to about *¥500 million (P225.6 million).       

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda said during the turnover ceremony that Japan hopes the donation would help strengthen bilateral cooperation against “terrorism” and “violent extremism.”.

The Japanese Ambassador also said that the donation represents what the Philippine President describes as the “golden age” of Philippines-Japan relations.

"We assure the government of Japan that this will help serve the Filipino people, also the foreign nationals who visit our country.” PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

The PNP Chief added that the vehicles are “doubly significant” for them as the PNP cannot buy vehicles in the price range of Mitsubishi Monteros since it can only purchase low-priced vehicles, as mandated by law. The basic retail price of the latest model Mitisubishi Montero model in the Philippines is P1.555 million.

“With the help of the Japanese government our policemen can enjoy patrolling the streets in a comfortable SUV,” Dela Rosa said, later taking one of the vehicles for a spin inside Camp Crame.

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