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PNP Equipment

PNP officials cite the example of a controversial procurement decision in 2003 to replace existing stocks of 9mm handguns with caliber .45 1911-A1 pistols. In a 20-million peso ($377,358) contract, the PNP amended its 1995 specifications for caliber .45 handguns. This change caused gun dealers to complain that the changes were made to allow only the purchase of model 1911-A1 pistols made by Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor). Gun dealers grumbled that the PNP sought to "change the rules to favor the company owned by (First Gentleman) Mike Arroyo's first cousin" (Demetrio "Bolo" Tuason).

One disgruntled gun dealer commented that "if this isn't tailoring specs to favor Armscor, then I don't know what is." Gun dealers also complained that, in tests conducted by the PNP in October and November 2003, the Armscor pistols' safety broke during the drop test and jammed at 3,000 rounds, when the PNP's minimum for an endurance test is 5,000 rounds. During training conducted in 2005 in the Philippines by Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-West personnel, trainers commented that the Armscor .45s were unreliable, inaccurate, and potentially dangerous to the operator. Nevertheless, Armscor remained an approved supplier to the PNP.

For Calendar Year 2015, the PNP received funding from the National Government for the implementation of its Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) in upgrading its law enforcement capabilities through the acquisition of much needed equipment essential to its mandated functions. The PNP also received additional funding for the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015.

The Philippine National Police programmed the procurement of M4 type platform basic assault rifles under its Annual Procurement Plans for 2014 and 2015. Police Director Juanito B Vaño Jr, PNP Director for Logistics, clarified the modern 5.56mm M4 carbine is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, and is currently in service in the military and law enforcement services around the world.

Vaño clarified the M4 is totally different from the 7.62mm M14 infantry rifle developed in the 1960s. During a recent provincial sortie in Zamboanga City, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, announced plans to replace M16 rifles in the PNP inventory with the modern M4 carbine. “The Annual Procurement Plans for the calendar years 2014 and 2015 of the PNP had programmed for the procurement of M4 type platform basic assault rifles caliber 5.56mm and not M14 rifles as reported in a recent publication by a national daily,” Vaño clarified.

In 2015 the PNP worked to improve its regulatory functions, it decentralized firearms licensing and registration through the establishment of CSG regional offices, thus facilitating the entire process and easing the burden on licensed firearms holders. It capacitated its Public Safety Forces to give them more teeth in support to the AFP in suppressing insurgency and other threats to internal security.

Eight thousand six hundred sixty-seven firearms were confiscated in violation of Republic Act No.10591 (Comprehensive Firearms Law) while 1,826 were recovered and 1,218 firearms were surrendered. Consequently, a total of 8,736 persons were arrested, and 6,010 cases were filed in court.

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