Duterte scraps rifle deal with US

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cancel its rifle deal with the United States, days after the US State Department halted the deal because of concerns on human rights violations in the country.

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In his speech during the signing of the Executive Order on the reconstitution of the Bangsamoro Transition team in Malacanang, Duterte said he has ordered the cancellation of the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from the US.

“I would like to announce now that the 26,000 or M16 were ordered already. I am ordering its cancellation,” the President said. “They will be arriving July 2017. I am ordering the police to cancel it.”

He added that the country will look for another source of rifles that are “cheaper and maybe as durable and as good” as those from the US.

“We will not insist on buying expensive arms. We can always get them somewhere else. Hindi natin kailangan [We don’t need it],” the President said.

He added that there is no need to rush the rifle deal since the Philippines has no enemy.

“Why should we hurry it? Wala naman tayo kalaban, tayo-tayo lang nagpapatayan dito (We don’t have enemies, it’s us who are killing each other),” Duterte said.

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4 Comments

  1. Joshua Schneider on

    Who really cares! Does anyone really think there is a shortage of assault rifles out there? Tempest in a teapot.

  2. This is bs. The US government has said weeks ago that they will block the sale of these rifles to the Ph. Now it is twisted into a cancelation by the Ph. This is like saying you quit your job after first being fired. Doggong and his cabinet has been saying it (USA) loss and that they can buy from the chinks and or ruskies. What stopping them from doing so. Get on with in. Nobody cares!

    • “Chinks and Ruskies”? What are you, an 80’s american?

      Try reading a few back issues. The US did not actually block the sale of the rifles, they only threatened to do so, probably as a bluff. Gen Bato himself verified that despite the news, the US didnt really cancel the deal.