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Arms Sold:

Soltam M-71

Spike NLOS

M-113

Spike ER

EMTAN rifle

Negev rimachine gun

Masada pistol

ATMOS 155mm

Sabrah Pandur 2

Shaldag Patrol Craft

Companies:

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI)

Emtan Karmiel

Elta

Emit Aviation Consultancy

Maron Dolphin

Verint Systems

Cyberint

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Philippines

Introduction:

 

Israel and the Philippines keep close economic and military ties. Relations between the two countries solidified after Philippines’ president Duterte visited Israel in 2018 and signed over 20 agreements with Israel, worth nearly $83m. Israeli arms exports include drones, anti-tank missiles, radars, surveillance systems for the Philippine army and assault rifles for the police. Also close ties around cyber security were established between both countries. Between 2016-2019 Israel provided training to hundreds of Philippine army and police forces in Israel. Between 8,500 and 30,000 people have been killed in Duterte’s “war on drugs” since 2016. Different evidence shows the use of Israeli rifles by Philippine forces involved in arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings, and in other violations of human rights.

Israel – Philippines Relations:

 

Full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Philippines were realized upon the signing of the Treaty of Friendship on February 26, 1958. The Israeli embassy in Manila and the Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv both opened in 1962.[1]

Excluding recently pronounced agreements, the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines lists 14 major bilateral agreements between the two countries. Both countries also engage in trade exports and imports, with products of electronics, industrial materials and machineries topping the list.[2]

Israel also benefits from Philippine overseas workers, primarily within the area of caregiving. The number of Filipino care workers working in Israel in the 1980s reached a high of 100,000, or about 7% of the Israeli work force. In 2019 around 24,500 Philippines lived and worked in Israel.[3]

Relations between the two countries were further solidified as President Rodrigo Duterte made an official state visit to Israel in 2018. Over 20 agreements worth nearly $83 million dollars were signed between the Philippines and Israel during Duterte’s visit. The deals also included one between the Israel and Philippines national chambers of commerce. The agreements stressed the sharing of technology and the engaging in joint production ventures in the Philippines. Additionally, Duterte signed an oil exploration license that is being granted to the Israeli-owned company Ratio Petroleum.[4]

Military relations:

 

Defense products delivered by Israel to Philippines between 2001-2018 included Blue Horizon UAVs EL/M-2032 ac combat radar and EL/M-2288 AD-STAR air search radar systems, M-68/M-71 155mm towed guns, Spike-ER anti-tank missiles, Spike-NLOS SSM/ASM, EL/M-2022 Multiple-Platform aircraft radar. Some of this equipment has been purchased to enhance Philippines’ surveillance capabilities in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea) and for protecting its maritime boundaries.

IsraelDefense reported that Israel Weapon Industries and Emtam Karmiel supplied the Philippine National Police (PNP) with  8,170 units of 5.56x45mm assault rifles in 2016-2017, 698 units in 2017 and 4,933 in 2018[5]. Duterte has acknowledged Israel’s importance as an arms supplier, and reportedly even ordered his military to purchase defense items, including intelligence gathering equipment, only from Israel.[6].In September 2019, Philippines received two Hermes-450 UAVs from Israel, with further deliveries expected in 2020.[7]

Systems upgrades and joint-ventures have become important features these relationships. For example, in July 2015, six M113 armored personnel carriers, upgraded by Israel, were delivered to the Philippine Army.[8]

The Philippine Air Force acquired in 2020 three Spyder Ground-to-Air missiles Systems in a $141m deal with Rafael. The Spyder systems will be delivered in 2021. [9]

In 2021 the Philippine Navy acquired nine Shaldag patrol crafts from Israeli Shipyards. Five will be produced in Israel and four of them in the Philippines.

Police:

Between 2016-2017, 20 police officers undertook training programs that included the Postgraduate Education Program on Policing, Comprehensive Drug Control Strategy by the Israeli model.[10]

In 2019 representatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) attended a counter-terrorism seminar in Israel, where both sides agreed on a counter-terrorism training that will be contducted for the PNP by Israeli Police in the future. [11]

In 2019 Israel has provided training to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The bilateral training included 180 Philippine Army troops, who so reported, were qualified to pass on those lessons to other soldiers. The Counter-Terrorism Trainer’s Training (CTTT), staged between June 26-July 4, focused on how to fight an insurgency in urban and rural areas, including through the use of combat technology such as drones.[12]

Cyber Security:

In 2016 the Israeli cyber security firm Cyberint opened a Philippine office in Manila and started a partnership with the Philippine company IPV Network. [13]

2017 – opening of Cyber Defense Forum in Makati City organized by the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP).

In 2018 a variety of Israeli Cyber-Security Firms started business in Philippines.[14]

Arms fairs and visits:

In 2017 a Philippine delegation, that included representatives from different security and military forces, visited Israel for the purchase of arms from Israeli security companies.[15]

In 2018 an Israeli delegation including the director of the Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security of the Israeli National Security Council, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office visited the Philippines for a forum on Counterterrorism for Philippine forces. [16]

In 2018 the Philippines and Israel started talks in the attempt to forge a bilateral agreement to combat illegal drugs as a transnational crime. The agreement will include cooperation through exchange of information and adopting programs on prevention of trafficking and use of illegal drugs.[17]

In June 2019 a Philippine delegation participated in the arms Fair ISDEF.

In 2018 Israeli companies participated in ADAS – Asian Defence Security and Crisis Management Exhibition. Among the Israeli companies: E-Lander, Elbit, Emtan, Fab Manufacturing @ Import of Industrial Equipment, IAI, Rafael, TSG IT advanced systems.

Usage of Israeli Arms:

 

Israeli shooting-weapons in use by Philiippine Police and Army forces:

Different evidence shows the use of Israeli Tavor rifles [18][19], Negev rifles[20], Galil Ace rifles[21], Masada pistols[22][23], Gilboa rifles[24]by different Philippine police forces (among others counter-terrorism units and narcotic enforcement units). [25] Among local police units also SWAT teams, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) purchased guns and rifles from Israel.[26]

120mm mortar on M113 (Elbit, Soltam) – in use by Artillery Forces of the AFP.

Soltam M-71 Towed Howitzer – In use by Artillery Forces of the AFP.

Hermes 450 UAV–  in use by Philippine Air Force.

Hermes 900 UAV -in use by Philippine Air Force

Human Rights Violations:

 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is charged with maintaining internal security in most of the country and reports to the Department of the Interior. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which reports to the Department of National Defense, is responsible for external security but also carries out domestic security functions in regions with a high incidence of conflict, particularly the Mindanao region. The two agencies share responsibility for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. The PNP Special Action Force is responsible for urban counterterrorism operations. 

President Duterte’s May 2017 declaration of martial law for the entire region of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago was extended until the end of the year, giving the military expanded powers in the area. Governors, mayors, and other local officials have considerable influence over local police units, including appointment of top departmental and municipal police officers and the provision of resources. The government continued to support and arm civilian militias. The AFP controlled Civilian Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGUs), while Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs)fell under PNP command. These paramilitary units often received minimal training and were poorly monitored and regulated. Some political families and clan leaders, particularly in Mindanao, maintained private armies and, at times, recruited CVO and CAFGU members into those armies.[27]

Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings, by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; reports of forced disappearance by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; torture by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; arbitrary detention by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary and unlawful interference with privacy; significant problems with the independence of the judiciary; the worst forms of restrictions on free expression and the press, including violence, threats of violence, and unjustified arrests or prosecutions of journalists, censorship, and the existence of criminal libel laws; corruption; and unlawful recruitment or use of child soldiers by terrorists and groups in rebellion against the government.[28]

Since Duterte took office in 2016, at least 8,663 people have been killed in his “war on drugs,” according to a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Philippines rights monitors and Human Rights Watch believe the actual number could be three times as high and may approach 30,000 between 2016-2019. Only a handful of prosecutions have made progress, and only one case implicating police has resulted in a conviction, OHCHR said.[29]

The UN Human Rights Office has also documented that, between 2015 and 2019, at least 248 human rights defenders, legal professionals, journalists and trade unionists have been killed in relation to their work.[30] The president increasingly threatened journalists who are critical of the government. Editor-in-Chief Maria Ressa and her news website Rappler, which reported extensively on killings and other human rights violations in the “war on drugs,” and a former Rappler reporter and board members, faced at least 10 politically motivated lawsuits. Websites of alternative media organizations were subjected to distributed denial of service (DDos) attacks that generated fake visits to these sites and rendered them inaccessible. At least two journalists received threats after being “red-tagged.” Media organizations said at least 15 journalists had been killed in work-related attacks under the Duterte administration since 2016.[31]

Sales Records Table:

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Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform
Verint Systems Ltd.
2019
$10.5m
https:// technology.inquirer.net/82783/israeli-surveillance-firm-to-build-ph-cybersecurity-platform
1,190 sets of force protection equipment
Maron Dolphin Ltd.
2017
$1.1m
for anti-terrorism units and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
https://www.dnd.gov.ph/PDF2017/Press%20-%20Anti-Terrorism%20Unit%20to%20get%20force%20protection%20equipment.pdf
two Blue Horizon UAVs.
Emit Aviation Consultancy
2001
$1-1.2 m or $2-12m deal
For use against Abu Sayyaf and other Muslim rebels; possibly delivered from Singapore
SIPRI, https://dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/israel-and-the-drone-wars.pdf
four UT-25/UT-30 IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) turret
Elbit
2014 (2015)
For 4 second-hand M-113A2 APC (from Belgium) modified to IFV
SIPRI
12 EL/M-2032 combat ac radars.
IAI/Elta
2014 (2015-2017)
For 12 FA-50 combat aircraft from South Korea
Sipri
three EL/M-2288 AD-STAR air search radars
IAI/Elta
2015 (2017-2019)
$56m
Sipri
12 Soltam M-71 155mm Towed Howitzer and ammunition
Elbit
2015 (2017)
$8.3m
for the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps
http://maxdefense.blogspot.co.il/2017/06/delivery-of-elbit-soltam-m-71.html. http://www.philnews.xyz/2017/07/israels-elbit-systems-land-completes-delivery-12-soltam-m-71-howitzers.html
20 Spike-NLOS SSM/ASM
IAI
2016 (2019)
for AW159 helicopters
Sipri
one EL/M-2022 aircraft radar
IAI/Elta
2017 (2018)
For modification of 1 C-130T transport to MP/SAR aircraft
Sipri
50 M-113 armored vehicles with Dragon RCWS
Elbit
2017 (2019)
$19.7m
for Philippines Army
http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html
Electorinic Warfares
Elbit
2017
for Philippines naval ships
http://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/31949
5 M-113 with Soltam 81mm cardom mortar
Elbit
2017
http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html. http://www.philnews.xyz/2018/01/israel-helps-upgrading-philippine-military-armoured-personnel-carrier-apc.html, http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html
100 Spike ER missiles
IAI
2016 (2018)
$11.6m
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-defence/philippines-boosts-sea-deterrent-with-first-ever-navy-missiles-idUSKBN1I317Z
70 Tavor X-95 Sub Machine Guns
IWI
2018
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/34065
698 EMTAN MZ-4 P FRB rifles
Emtan Karmiel
2018
313 units IWI Galil Ace 5.56mm rifles,.
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24882
320 units IWI Negev 5.56mm light machine guns,
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24883
231 units IWI Negev NG-7 7.62mm light machine guns
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24884
1,920 units of 9mm Masada pistols.
IWI
2018
https:// www.untvweb.com/news/pnp-to-distribute-new-service-firearms-vehicles-to-ground-units/
4 Elbit Systems Hermes 450 UAV
Elbit
2019 (2020)
part of $175m deal
https:// www.mintfo.com/security-defense/phl-air-force-will-soon-receive-first-elbit-systems-hermes-450-uav/6313/
9 HERMES 900 drones
Elbit
2019 (2020)
part of $175m deal
SIPRI. http://www.philnews.xyz/2017/08/paf-acquire-4-israelis-elbit-system-hermes-900-kochav-uav.html
two batteries of ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers
Elbit
2020
https://www.armyrecognition.com/may_2020_news_defense_global_security_army_industry/philippines_will_acquire_two_batteries_of_elbit_soltam_atmos_155mm_wheeled_self-propelled_howitzers.html. https://www.janes.com/article/95972/philippines-to-procure-atmos-gun-system-from-elbit
10 Sabrah Pandur II 8×8 Wheeled Tank Destroyers
Elbit
2020 (2021)
https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2020_global_security_army_industry/philippines_awards_contract_for_light_tanks_and_wheeled_apcs_to_elbit_systems_of_israel.html

1. ^ https://archive.vn/20120911132920/http://www.philippine-embassy.org.il/philippines-israel/31-history

2. ^ https://rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/things-to-know-philippines-israel-relations

3. ^ https://www.chamber.org.il/media/157992/%D7%A0%D7%AA%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%99-%D7%96%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C-%D7%99%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%90%D7%A8-2018.pdf

4. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/report-philippines-israel-signed-83m-in-deals-this-week-1.6455864

5. ^ https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/32167

6. ^ https://www.timesofisrael.com/duterte-says-hell-only-buy-israeli-weapons-because-there-are-no-limitations/

7. ^ https://globalnation.inquirer.net/180461/philippines-receives-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-from-israel

8. ^ https://www.manilalivewire.com/2015/07/6-upgraded-apcs-delivered-for-the-philippine-army-mechanized-infantry-division/

9. ^ https://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/45656

10. ^ http://www.pnp.gov.ph/images/publications/CPNPDelaRosa_OneYearReport16-17.pdf

11. ^ https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1071335

12. ^ https://asiatimes.com/2019/07/israel-lends-philippines-a-helping-strategic-hand/

13. ^ https://www.adobomagazine.com/digital-news/ipv-network-brings-world-leader-in-cybersecurity-cyberint-to-the-philippines/

14. ^ https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/2018/03/23/israeli-cybersecurity-firms-are-breaking-into-the-philippines/

15. ^ https://www.dnd.gov.ph/PDF2017/PDN2017/DEFENSE%20CHRONICLE%20(VOLUME%201%20ISSUE%20%20%201).pdf

16. ^ http://www.ndcp.edu.ph/index.php/ndcp-conducts-forum-on-israeli-experience-in-countering-terrorism/

17. ^ https://tel-avivpe.dfa.gov.ph/news-menu/249-philippines-israel-eye-anti-drugs-pact

18. ^ https://www.facebook.com/R.Espineli/posts/1688891514485103

19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/R.Espineli/posts/2208298682544381

20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pnp.pio/posts/1901451433229437

21. ^ https://www.facebook.com/R.Espineli/posts/2190903317617251

22. ^ https://www.untvweb.com/news/pnp-to-distribute-new-service-firearms-vehicles-to-ground-units/

23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/R.Espineli/posts/2295256767181905

24. ^ http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php/articles/1005951

25. ^ https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aae035818-41fe-4ae4-9cfa-839e052b3255#pageNum=20

26. ^ https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aae035818-41fe-4ae4-9cfa-839e052b3255#pageNum=25

27. ^ https://preview.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PHILIPPINES-2019-HUMAN-RIGHTS-REPORT.pdf

28. ^ https://preview.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PHILIPPINES-2019-HUMAN-RIGHTS-REPORT.pdf

29. ^ https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/08/28/un-human-rights-council-should-act-philippines

30. ^ https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25924&LangID=E&fbclid=IwAR0-5IAjAYQZ1YogBK55nVt_QSbTtkf-sb9bTRQEC8ITnSk6vUNA3bSQgg4

31. ^ https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/philippines/report-philippines/

Philippines

Israel and the Philippines keep close economic and military ties. Relations between the two countries solidified after Philippines’ president Duterte visited Israel in 2018 and signed over 20 agreements with Israel, worth nearly $83m. Israeli arms exports include drones, anti-tank missiles, radars, surveillance systems for the Philippine army and assault rifles for the police. Also close ties around cyber security were established between both countries. Between 2016-2019 Israel provided training to hundreds of Philippine army and police forces in Israel. Between 8,500 and 30,000 people have been killed in Duterte’s “war on drugs” since 2016. Different evidence shows the use of Israeli rifles by Philippine forces involved in arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings, and in other violations of human rights.

Full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Philippines were realized upon the signing of the Treaty of Friendship on February 26, 1958. The Israeli embassy in Manila and the Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv both opened in 1962.[1]

Excluding recently pronounced agreements, the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines lists 14 major bilateral agreements between the two countries. Both countries also engage in trade exports and imports, with products of electronics, industrial materials and machineries topping the list.[2]

Israel also benefits from Philippine overseas workers, primarily within the area of caregiving. The number of Filipino care workers working in Israel in the 1980s reached a high of 100,000, or about 7% of the Israeli work force. In 2019 around 24,500 Philippines lived and worked in Israel.[3]

Relations between the two countries were further solidified as President Rodrigo Duterte made an official state visit to Israel in 2018. Over 20 agreements worth nearly $83 million dollars were signed between the Philippines and Israel during Duterte’s visit. The deals also included one between the Israel and Philippines national chambers of commerce. The agreements stressed the sharing of technology and the engaging in joint production ventures in the Philippines. Additionally, Duterte signed an oil exploration license that is being granted to the Israeli-owned company Ratio Petroleum.[4]

Defense products delivered by Israel to Philippines between 2001-2018 included Blue Horizon UAVs EL/M-2032 ac combat radar and EL/M-2288 AD-STAR air search radar systems, M-68/M-71 155mm towed guns, Spike-ER anti-tank missiles, Spike-NLOS SSM/ASM, EL/M-2022 Multiple-Platform aircraft radar. Some of this equipment has been purchased to enhance Philippines’ surveillance capabilities in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea) and for protecting its maritime boundaries.

IsraelDefense reported that Israel Weapon Industries and Emtam Karmiel supplied the Philippine National Police (PNP) with  8,170 units of 5.56x45mm assault rifles in 2016-2017, 698 units in 2017 and 4,933 in 2018[5]. Duterte has acknowledged Israel’s importance as an arms supplier, and reportedly even ordered his military to purchase defense items, including intelligence gathering equipment, only from Israel.[6].In September 2019, Philippines received two Hermes-450 UAVs from Israel, with further deliveries expected in 2020.[7]

Systems upgrades and joint-ventures have become important features these relationships. For example, in July 2015, six M113 armored personnel carriers, upgraded by Israel, were delivered to the Philippine Army.[8]

The Philippine Air Force acquired in 2020 three Spyder Ground-to-Air missiles Systems in a $141m deal with Rafael. The Spyder systems will be delivered in 2021. [9]

Police:

Between 2016-2017, 20 police officers undertook training programs that included the Postgraduate Education Program on Policing, Comprehensive Drug Control Strategy by the Israeli model.[10]

In 2019 representatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) attended a counter-terrorism seminar in Israel, where both sides agreed on a counter-terrorism training that will be contducted for the PNP by Israeli Police in the future. [11]

In 2019 Israel has provided training to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The bilateral training included 180 Philippine Army troops, who so reported, were qualified to pass on those lessons to other soldiers. The Counter-Terrorism Trainer’s Training (CTTT), staged between June 26-July 4, focused on how to fight an insurgency in urban and rural areas, including through the use of combat technology such as drones.[12]

Cyber Security:

In 2016 the Israeli cyber security firm Cyberint opened a Philippine office in Manila and started a partnership with the Philippine company IPV Network. [13]

2017 – opening of Cyber Defense Forum in Makati City organized by the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP).

In 2018 a variety of Israeli Cyber-Security Firms started business in Philippines.[14]

Arms fairs and visits:

In 2017 a Philippine delegation, that included representatives from different security and military forces, visited Israel for the purchase of arms from Israeli security companies.[15]

In 2018 an Israeli delegation including the director of the Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security of the Israeli National Security Council, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office visited the Philippines for a forum on Counterterrorism for Philippine forces. [16]

In 2018 the Philippines and Israel started talks in the attempt to forge a bilateral agreement to combat illegal drugs as a transnational crime. The agreement will include cooperation through exchange of information and adopting programs on prevention of trafficking and use of illegal drugs.[17]

In June 2019 a Philippine delegation participated in the arms Fair ISDEF.

In 2018 Israeli companies participated in ADAS – Asian Defence Security and Crisis Management Exhibition. Among the Israeli companies: E-Lander, Elbit, Emtan, Fab Manufacturing @ Import of Industrial Equipment, IAI, Rafael, TSG IT advanced systems.

Israeli shooting-weapons in use by Philiippine Police and Army forces:

Different evidence shows the use of Israeli Tavor rifles [18][19], Negev rifles[20], Galil Ace rifles[21], Masada pistols[22][23], Gilboa rifles[24]by different Philippine police forces (among others counter-terrorism units and narcotic enforcement units). [25] Among local police units also SWAT teams, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) purchased guns and rifles from Israel.[26]

120mm mortar on M113 (Elbit, Soltam) – in use by Artillery Forces of the AFP.

Soltam M-71 Towed Howitzer – In use by Artillery Forces of the AFP.

Hermes 450 UAV–  in use by Philippine Air Force.

Hermes 900 UAV -in use by Philippine Air Force

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is charged with maintaining internal security in most of the country and reports to the Department of the Interior. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which reports to the Department of National Defense, is responsible for external security but also carries out domestic security functions in regions with a high incidence of conflict, particularly the Mindanao region. The two agencies share responsibility for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. The PNP Special Action Force is responsible for urban counterterrorism operations. President Duterte’s May 2017 declaration of martial law for the entire region of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago was extended until the end of the year, giving the military expanded powers in the area. Governors, mayors, and other local officials have considerable influence over local police units, including appointment of top departmental and municipal police officers and the provision of resources. The government continued to support and arm civilian militias. The AFP controlled Civilian Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGUs), while Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs)fell under PNP command. These paramilitary units often received minimal training and were poorly monitored and regulated. Some political families and clan leaders, particularly in Mindanao, maintained private armies and, at times, recruited CVO and CAFGU members into those armies.[27]

Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings, by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; reports of forced disappearance by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; torture by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; arbitrary detention by and on behalf of the government and nonstate actors; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary and unlawful interference with privacy; significant problems with the independence of the judiciary; the worst forms of restrictions on free expression and the press, including violence, threats of violence, and unjustified arrests or prosecutions of journalists, censorship, and the existence of criminal libel laws; corruption; and unlawful recruitment or use of child soldiers by terrorists and groups in rebellion against the government.[28]

Since Duterte took office in 2016, at least 8,663 people have been killed in his “war on drugs,” according to a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Philippines rights monitors and Human Rights Watch believe the actual number could be three times as high and may approach 30,000 between 2016-2019. Only a handful of prosecutions have made progress, and only one case implicating police has resulted in a conviction, OHCHR said.[29]

The UN Human Rights Office has also documented that, between 2015 and 2019, at least 248 human rights defenders, legal professionals, journalists and trade unionists have been killed in relation to their work.[30] The president increasingly threatened journalists who are critical of the government. Editor-in-Chief Maria Ressa and her news website Rappler, which reported extensively on killings and other human rights violations in the “war on drugs,” and a former Rappler reporter and board members, faced at least 10 politically motivated lawsuits. Websites of alternative media organizations were subjected to distributed denial of service (DDos) attacks that generated fake visits to these sites and rendered them inaccessible. At least two journalists received threats after being “red-tagged.” Media organizations said at least 15 journalists had been killed in work-related attacks under the Duterte administration since 2016.[31]

EL/M-2288

Soltam M-71

Spike NLOS

EL/M-2022

M-113

Spike ER

EMTAN rifle

Negev rimachine gun

Masada pistol

ATMOS 155mm

Sabrah Pandur 2

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Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform
Verint Systems Ltd.
2019
$10.5m
https:// technology.inquirer.net/82783/israeli-surveillance-firm-to-build-ph-cybersecurity-platform
1,190 sets of force protection equipment
Maron Dolphin Ltd.
2017
$1.1m
for anti-terrorism units and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
https://www.dnd.gov.ph/PDF2017/Press%20-%20Anti-Terrorism%20Unit%20to%20get%20force%20protection%20equipment.pdf
two Blue Horizon UAVs.
Emit Aviation Consultancy
2001
$1-1.2 m or $2-12m deal
For use against Abu Sayyaf and other Muslim rebels; possibly delivered from Singapore
SIPRI, https://dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/israel-and-the-drone-wars.pdf
four UT-25/UT-30 IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) turret
Elbit
2014 (2015)
For 4 second-hand M-113A2 APC (from Belgium) modified to IFV
SIPRI
12 EL/M-2032 combat ac radars.
IAI/Elta
2014 (2015-2017)
For 12 FA-50 combat aircraft from South Korea
Sipri
three EL/M-2288 AD-STAR air search radars
IAI/Elta
2015 (2017-2019)
$56m
Sipri
12 Soltam M-71 155mm Towed Howitzer and ammunition
Elbit
2015 (2017)
$8.3m
for the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps
http://maxdefense.blogspot.co.il/2017/06/delivery-of-elbit-soltam-m-71.html. http://www.philnews.xyz/2017/07/israels-elbit-systems-land-completes-delivery-12-soltam-m-71-howitzers.html
20 Spike-NLOS SSM/ASM
IAI
2016 (2019)
for AW159 helicopters
Sipri
one EL/M-2022 aircraft radar
IAI/Elta
2017 (2018)
For modification of 1 C-130T transport to MP/SAR aircraft
Sipri
50 M-113 armored vehicles with Dragon RCWS
Elbit
2017 (2019)
$19.7m
for Philippines Army
http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html
Electorinic Warfares
Elbit
2017
for Philippines naval ships
http://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/31949
5 M-113 with Soltam 81mm cardom mortar
Elbit
2017
http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html. http://www.philnews.xyz/2018/01/israel-helps-upgrading-philippine-military-armoured-personnel-carrier-apc.html, http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/06/elbit-systems-wins-contract-to-upgrade.html
100 Spike ER missiles
IAI
2016 (2018)
$11.6m
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-defence/philippines-boosts-sea-deterrent-with-first-ever-navy-missiles-idUSKBN1I317Z
70 Tavor X-95 Sub Machine Guns
IWI
2018
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/34065
698 EMTAN MZ-4 P FRB rifles
Emtan Karmiel
2018
313 units IWI Galil Ace 5.56mm rifles,.
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24882
320 units IWI Negev 5.56mm light machine guns,
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24883
231 units IWI Negev NG-7 7.62mm light machine guns
IWI
2018
https:// www.update.ph/2018/06/24882/24884
1,920 units of 9mm Masada pistols.
IWI
2018
https:// www.untvweb.com/news/pnp-to-distribute-new-service-firearms-vehicles-to-ground-units/
4 Elbit Systems Hermes 450 UAV
Elbit
2019 (2020)
part of $175m deal
https:// www.mintfo.com/security-defense/phl-air-force-will-soon-receive-first-elbit-systems-hermes-450-uav/6313/
9 HERMES 900 drones
Elbit
2019 (2020)
part of $175m deal
SIPRI. http://www.philnews.xyz/2017/08/paf-acquire-4-israelis-elbit-system-hermes-900-kochav-uav.html
two batteries of ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers
Elbit
2020
https://www.armyrecognition.com/may_2020_news_defense_global_security_army_industry/philippines_will_acquire_two_batteries_of_elbit_soltam_atmos_155mm_wheeled_self-propelled_howitzers.html. https://www.janes.com/article/95972/philippines-to-procure-atmos-gun-system-from-elbit
10 Sabrah Pandur II 8×8 Wheeled Tank Destroyers
Elbit
2020 (2021)
https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2020_global_security_army_industry/philippines_awards_contract_for_light_tanks_and_wheeled_apcs_to_elbit_systems_of_israel.html