09 May 2017

News Story: PNP to look for alternative sources of firearms

By Emmanuel Tupas

MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippine National Police (PNP) will have to look for other sources should the US government pursue its plan to restrict the export of firearms to the country amid concerns over President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“If we would no longer have those firearms, then we have to shift our focus to other sources of firearms,” PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said.

He said China and Russia, among other countries, are offering to sell firearms to the Philippines.

Dela Rosa added Russian President Vladimir Putin had promised Duterte to provide the firearms needed by the police.

“We will look for ways to procure these firearms,” Dela Rosa said.

Two American lawmakers on Thursday filed a bill seeking to restrict the export of firearms from the US to the Philippines.

Read the full story at PhilStar