Tens of thousands of cops get new guns

The late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo would have been very happy.

This was how President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III described the success of government program that distributed new guns to police personnel in Quezon City on Tuesday morning.

In a symbolic ceremony in Camp Crame, President Aquino led the distribution of brand new 22, 603 units of Glock 17 Generation 4 safe-action pistols to Philippine National Police (PNP) officers.

In his speech, the president explained the newest gun procurement brings the PNP one step closer to achieving 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio, noting that only half of the police force previously carried guns.

“Kung mayroon pong isang tao na tiyak matutuwa sa katuparan ng adhikaing ito para sa kapulisan, ito po ay ang dating Kalihim ng DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) na si Jesse Robredo,” President Aquino.

“Malinaw sa kaniyang matagal nang pinapasan ng mga pulis ang kalbaryo sa kakulangan ng armas, kaya pinangunahan niya ang paghahanap ng akmang solusyon. Hindi man natin siya kasama ngayong umaga, siguradong ipinagmamalaki niya ang tagumpay nating ito,” he added.

President Aquino said the PNP’s latest procurement is the biggest gun deal entered into by PNP in recent years.

PNP chief Director-General Alan Purisima said Glock safe-action pistol is currently in service in almost 60 percent of law enforcement agencies in Europe, America and Asia.

Purisima noted Glock 17 Gen 4 successfully passed the series of functional and operational tests conducted by the PNP including the 20,000 rounds endurance firing test.

He explained PNP’s Directorate for Logistics (DL) to prioritize the issuance of the new handguns to PNP Units stationed in major tourist destinations and urban centers.

About 254 graduates of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class 2013 will also be getting the gun, which costs more than P40,000 per unit.

Earlier, PNP closed a deal with distributor Trust Trade Philippines-Glock Asia, which agreed to sell 59,904 pistols only at P16,000 per unit from its original market value of around P40,000.

The highest PNP official said they used the P200 million savings from originally earmarked P1.2 billion for gun procurement was used to buy an additional 14,000 units recently.

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