U.S. cuts military, police aid to Philippines by two thirds

MANILA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. assistance to Philippine police and military forces next year has been reduced by nearly two-thirds, because of alleged poor human rights records of Manila, local television network ABS-CBN News report Wednesday.

The report, quoting the U.S. State Department, enumerated three areas wherein the total reduction amounted to 24.3 million U.S. dollars, in which the most significant reduction was in Foreign Military Financing to the Philippines, which stood at 30 million U.S. dollars and was down to 11 million U.S. dollars compared with this year.

International Military Exchange Training, which finances the travel and educational programs of Filipino military officers in the U.S. and Washington's International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Program funding for the Philippines were cut, said the report.

The report said that U.S. State Secretary Condoleeza Rice earmarked 26 billion U.S. dollars for foreign assistance next year, with most of the amount going to a "handful" of countries chosen by Washington, while some 3 billion U.S. dollars will be divided among 100 other countries.

Rice had outlined three criteria for the awarding of foreign aid, these are: Peace and security; just and democratic governance; and poverty reduction.
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