PNP will receive 23,000 new firearms from China — Dela Rosa
Posted: 2017-May-18 19.00.35 UTC+0800
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will receive 23,000 new firearms from China.
This was confirmed on Wednesday by PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa after China promised to give 23,000 units of M4 carbine rifles to the PNP.
Dela Rosa said the new firearms from China will serve to fill up the supposed earlier order of firearms of the PNP from the United States, but was blocked by two US lawmakers.
The PNP chief said the situation now is even better because the government will not anymore spend money such that the thousands of guns needed by the PNP will be given for free.
"Kung matuloy yon, okay pa rin, pero we need more kasi we are 75,000 eh 23,000 lang ang ibibigay so malaki pa rin ang kakulangan, pero malaking tipid na rin yan galing sa China kapag natuloy," he said.
However, Dela Rosa clarified that China did not ask for anything in exchange for the donation of firearms.
Dela Rosa was included in the official delegation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his state visit in Beijing, China on May 14-15, 2017. (PNA)