U.S. commits over ₱300M intel support to PH

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Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan says there is no proof has been presented to show that martial law in Mindanao has been effective.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — The United States government has promised to provide the Philippines ₱300 million to beef up the country's intelligence gathering capabilities, Malacañang said on Monday.

"We welcome the United States' commitment in fighting terrorism. This shows that our military alliance with the United States remains strong," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

He said the government is accepting all the help and funding it can get as the country needs assistance to combat terrorism.

The U.S. Defense Department in its latest quarterly report on the Philippines said it is helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gather intelligence on terror groups in the country.

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It said the AFP still needs extensive help from the U.S. when it comes to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). In the report, the U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific said the AFP has "limited ability to collect information on a target and provide that intelligence to a unit on the ground to act on it" due to lack of assets and "institutional problem, using its limited ISR assets for live tracking of active operations to provide a semblance of battle tracking for friendly and suspected enemy elements rather than strategic threat analysis."