PH Coast Guard deploys anti-terror unit, speedboat in Mindanao

PH Coast Guard deploys anti-terror unit, speedboat in Mindanao

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is now more than ever capable of pursuing its mandate to the Filipino people.
The modernization of the is now at full swing that it is now more than ever capable of flexing its capabilities in the different important sea lanes of the country.

As a new development the top brass of the PCG with its newly acquired high speed vessel from Japan and three rigid hull inflatable boats have been deployed in the Zamboanga peninsula and Basilan and Sulu.
The Japan made boats are part of the requested boats by President Duterte from Japan.The speedboats can travel at a maximum speed of 50 knots or 92 kilometers per hour.
(photo credit to Japan Embassy)

The anti-terrorism unit of the PCG are are capable of close quarters assault and rescue mission.
The PCG anti-terrorism unit would help not only in strengthening maritime security efforts in the area but also in intensifying security numbering of motorized pumpboats.
There are atleast 4,000 motorized boats in this area of jurisdiction registered as per  the PCG.

“We have embarked on this endeavor because in our findings two years ago, 95 percent of motorized boats are being used by lawless groups, especially kidnap gangs, with obvious reasons that the geographical composition of Western Mindanao is linked with islands and islets,” Commodore Joseph Coyme, PCG–Southwestern District commander.
As for Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief he sees the presence of the PCG not only as lip service but a strong deterrent that would “significantly reduce the maneuver space of  kidnap gangs and terrorists and block their mobility corridor.”
“It will be a big deterrent and reduce their plan to conduct kidnapping,” Sobejana said.

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