The government of Japan turned-over today, February 27 two 12-meter-high speed boats to the Philippine Coast Guard at the PCG National Headquarters.
His Excellency Ambassador Koji Haneda, ambassador of Japan to the Philippines personally handed-over the speed boats to the PCG commandant, Admiral Elson E Hermogino.
These speed boats will scour the southern part of the country for anti-piracy and counter-terrorism. With the alarming discovery of “floating cocaine”, these assets will also be utilized for anti-drugs operation.
The speed boat has a maximum speed of 50 nautical miles per hour and can carry eight personnel.
Admiral Hermogino expressed his gratitude to the Japan government for granting the request of President Duterte to include the speed boats in the anti-terrorism package under the Japan’s Grant Aid for Social and Economic Development Program for the country.
The speed boats arrived in the country last January 4.