China turns over additional 3000 guns to Philippines for police use

07-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Businessmirror | 6:00 AM Print This Post

China continues to build its warming relations with the Duterte administration by turning over on Thursday some 3,000 additional Chinese firearms to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The firearms, considered by China as “doleouts”, were received by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Ano, who turned them over to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo. The bulk of the firearms, given in a military-to-military undertaking, would, however, go to the National Police, Lorenzana said.

“According to the directive of the President, they will be given to the National Police. If you remember the National Police tried to buy 26,000 firearms from a dealer with the United States, but it has taken them too long to deliver, so we are lucky that the Chinese government provided firearms,” the defense chief said.

“The first batch, 3,000 minus 100 retained by the Armed Forces, were given to the National Police immediately after we received them in June and this [batch of firearms will] also will be given to them,” he added.

In Photo: Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana (from left), Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Año inspect Chinese-made CQ-A5b assault rifles during the turnover ceremony on Thursday in Camp Aguinaldo. The weapons and ammunition form part of Chinese military donation to the Philippines in its fight against Muslim militants.(Business Mirror)

Lorenzana said the latest delivery by the Chinese “will just pass through our logistics people for records purposes and everything will be handed over to the police, especially the firearms.”

When the first batch of firearms was delivered by Beijing to the country and was turned over to the police, National Police Chief director general Ronald dela Rosa said the military retained 100 pieces for the police to “study” the guns and subject them to testing.

Apparently, the military, whose standard issue for its members are western made M-16 and M-4 rifles, still casts doubts on the quality and dependability of the Chinese-made firearms.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said Thursday’s turn over of firearms to defense and military officials shows Beijing’s cooperative relations with Manila.

“You know, China has always committed to friendly and cooperative relations with the Philippines, and today’s delivery, handover of the arms and ammunition is another demonstration of the commitment we have,” he said.

“We’re happy that with the guidance of President Duterte and President Xi Jinping, they are vigorously promoting cooperation in almost areas. One of the highlights is the good relationship that we have resumed between our two militaries,” he added.

Zhao even underscored the need for China and the Philippines to “work together, to trust” so that both countries “can build a good cooperation” between the two militaries “that will contribute to peace and stability” in the region.



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