China would give the Philippines brand-new assault rifles as a gift according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
“Hindi na tayo bibili…Baka bibigyan tayo ng 23,000 na M4. Bigay, so walang bayad,” he said on Wednesday.
The country required additional rifles as militants such as the New People’s Army (NPA) would sometimes overpower police in far-flung areas as they lacked weapons, dela Rosa said. The two governments are still on the process in the paperwork for the deal. Therefore, there is no date set for the arrival of the rifles. However, the country’s purchase of weapons from the US might still push through, dela Rosa clarified.
“Kung tuloy iyon, OK pa rin. We need more. We are 175,000 (police), tapos ibibigay 23,000 so malaki pa rin ang kakulangan,” he said.
Earlier this month, United States Senators Ben Cardin and Marco Rubio filed a bill seeking to restrict arms exports to the Philippine police, amid concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war.
Earlier this month, a bill seeking to restrict arms exports to the Philippine Police was filed by US Senators Ben Cardin and Marco Rubio amid concerns over the bloody war against drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte. Last year, America’s planned sale of about 26,000 assault rifles to the PNP was opposed by Cardin.