PH military hosts non-lethal weapons seminar

Posted at 08/06/14 11:58 AM

MANILA - The Philippine military and the US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) are conducting a non-lethal weapons executive seminar (NOLES) in Manila this month, which is the first time the Armed Forces of the Philippines is hosting the annual field-training exercise.

According to the US Embassy in Manila, the NOLES is an annual field-training exercise and leadership seminar sponsored by MARFORPAC and hosted by various nations throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Participants are taught about the use of non-lethal weapons designed to incapacitate personnel and their equipment while minimizing fatalities, injuries, and undesired collateral damage to property. They will be exposed to numerous briefs from subject matter experts on the use of NLWs, laws of armed conflict and international human rights, and strategies for engaging media.

"These capabilities, such as pressure point manipulation, Tasers, pepper spray, and firearms with rubber ammunition, can be used during rescue missions, civil disturbances, checkpoint or convoy operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, or in situations where civilians are used to mask a military attack," the statement read.

Field training exercise will consist of bilateral non-lethal weapons training between US Marines and Philippine soldiers.

The field training exercise is a subject-matter expert exchange based on the US Department of Defense's Inter-service Non-lethal Individual Weapon Instructor Course curriculum, and host nation non-lethal training.

The seminar runs from August 4 to 16.