Manila’s SWAT has the meanest trucks around

Published September 7, 2020, 5:55 PM

by Inigo Roces

MPD-SWAT trucks, donated by the FFCCCII, and modified by Overland Kings and DAWG Outfitters.

Criminals will definitely think twice about messing with the law once they get a glimpse of the Manila Police Department’s new Special Weapons Action Team (MPD-SWAT) trucks.

The six vehicles were donated by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), headed by President Henry Lim Bon Liong to the City of Manila. This is the organization’s way of giving back to the community and supporting the government’s efforts against crime and terrorism.

The SWAT vehicles are Toyota Hilux pickups modified by Overland Kings to meet the needs of the Manila Police Department’s Special Weapons Action Team (MPD-SWAT).

Inspired by Israeli and Mexican SWAT teams

The vehicles were outfitted by Overland Kings and DAWG Outfitters and converted into assault vehicles. They’re fitted with custom equipment such as steel bumpers and rock sliders, auxiliary lights, fire extinguishers, 12,000-lb winches with remotes, snorkels, first aid kits, high lift jacks, siren with PA systems, rear bench seats, 17-inch Black Rhino wheels and Nitto Exo Grappler all-weather tires.

MPD-SWAT’s breaching ladder being deployed.

Easily their most distinctive features are overhead mounts for breaching ladders, allowing the SWAT Team to surmount tall obstacles to flank dangerous elements. In the rear bed, they feature outward-facing seats to carry more team members into the area of operation.

“The inspiration for these builds came from the Israeli and Mexican SWAT teams. We want to hand over a vehicle that’s ready to use and flexible for any sort of operation that the MPD-SWAT might face,” said Joel Pedro, Chief Adventure Officer of Overland Kings. 

The SWAT trucks feature custom steel bumpers with a winch, a snorkel, and off-road ready wheels and tires.

“We chose the Nitto Exo Grappler because of its 10-ply rating which can carry heavier loads and also give the SWAT vehicles better traction on any type of terrain. Our Black Rhino wheels have been tested in off-road terrain all around the country so the MPD-SWAT will surely have no problem fulfilling their mission,” said Sam Liuson of Black Rhino Wheels – Philippines.

Tools for challenging times

“We are proud to support the local government of Manila and the MPD-SWAT during this time when we need to come together as a nation to face this pandemic,” said Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Vice President of FFCCCII as he handed the keys of the vehicles to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso during the flag raising ceremony at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Monday morning. 

“Since the early beginnings of this nation, the patriotism and heroism from the Filipino-Chinese community has been very helpful to our nation building. Maraming bayani ng ating bansa ay may dugong Chinese,” said Mayor Isko Moreno during the handover.  “We are very grateful for the geneorosity of the FFCCCII” he adds.

This donation is in addition to the 20 Toyota Vios patrol vehicles donated by FFCCCII earlier this year which have been very helpful to the MPD.

Since 1954, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) have been a strong partner of government in nation-building and development. It has channeled its efforts to unite the Chinese-Filipino community, promote the growth of business, and implement social welfare projects to bring forth progress for the whole country.

The Federation’s more than 170 member organizations across the Philippines play vital roles in their respective sectors and communities. Its membership is actively engaged in trading, manufacturing, service industry, and other economic activities that help fuel the country’s engine of progress.

Overland Kings and DAWG Outfitters specialize in modifying vehicles for more rugged and specialized requirements. They have an extensive catalog of aftermarket parts compatible with a wide range of vehicles available locally.