Alvarez pledges more funds for AFP, PNP due to successful anti-ASG ops in Bohol

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House Speaker and Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has vowed to boost to increase the budget of the military and police as an appreciation for their heroic efforts in foiling an Abu Sayyaf invasion in Inabanga town, Bohol last April 11.

The politiko said the budget boost is needed to step up security operations to ward off terror threats in major Philippine tourist spots.

He said the “threat of terrorism and criminality” could have dire consequences on the potential economic success of Philippine tourism, including job creation and income opportunities for Filipinos.

”The Bohol incident highlights the imperative of further reinforcing our security measures to safeguard top tourist destinations in the country from criminal and terrorist threats,” the House Speaker said.

The Davao Del Norte solon also pledged to strengthen the defense capabilities and counter-terrorism performance of police and military forces by including investments in the 2018 budget for essential infrastructure and equipment.

”For this purpose, I have requested the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP (Philippine National Police), our Philippine Coast Guard and other law enforcement and national security agencies to determine the essential equipment and infrastructure to accomplish this all-important objective,” he said.

”As Speaker of the House, I will make sure that these will be adequately funded under the 2018 national budget,” the politiko added.