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Retitled: The embattled PNP rifle purchase
« on: October 31, 2016, 07:47:08 PM »
US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
Published November 1, 2016 5:24am
By PATRICIA ZENGERLE, Reuters

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/587081/news/nation/us-stopped-philippines-rifle-sale-that-us-senator-opposed-sources

WASHINGTON - The US State Department halted the planned sale of some 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines' national police after Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday.
 
Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was reluctant for the United States to provide the weapons given concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines.
 
The relationship between the United States and the Philippines, a long-time ally, has been complicated lately by President Rodrigo Duterte's angry reaction to criticism from Washington of his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs.
 
More than 2,300 people have been killed in police operations or by suspected vigilantes in connection with the anti-narcotics campaign since Duterte took office on June 30.
 
The US State Department informs Congress when international weapons sales are in the works. Aides said Foreign Relations committee staff informed State that Cardin would oppose the deal during the department's prenotification process for the sale of 26,000-27,000 assault rifles, stopping the deal.
 
State Department officials did not comment.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2016, 11:42:52 PM »
Just reading the headline in FB, i knew already that the stoppage was something to do with the human rights violations. The Philippines has been criticized internationally because of the drug war under Duterte. Add also the anti-US rhetoric. And it was a democrat who opposed it. Not surprsing at all.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 12:56:57 AM »
Lacson: PHL won’t lose anything if US stops rifle sale
Published November 1, 2016 11:55am
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/587096/news/nation/lacson-phl-won-t-lose-anything-if-us-stops-rifle-sale

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said the Philippines “does not stand to lose anything” if the US State Department would halt the planned sale of some 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Since it's a planned sale of assault rifles by the US to the Philippines, we do not stand to lose anything except one less gun store to choose from,” Lacson, former chief of the PNP, said in a statement.

“There are tens of other countries that manufacture better and probably cheaper assault rifles than the US,” he added.

Lacson urged the Department of National Defense (PNP) to revive its self-reliance program instead.

“There is now more reason for our Department of National Defense to revive our self-reliance program so we can produce our own weapons and ammunition and other military hardware,” he said.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2016, 04:30:26 AM »
Lacson: PHL won’t lose anything if US stops rifle sale
Published November 1, 2016 11:55am
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

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Lacson urged the Department of National Defense (PNP) to revive its self-reliance program instead.

“There is now more reason for our Department of National Defense to revive our self-reliance program so we can produce our own weapons and ammunition and other military hardware,” he said.

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If ^that is realized under this administration, I can almost forgive every other bit of insanity that has come out of it.
Still, too many decades have gone by with as much motivation, but still without fruition, for me to hold out much hope.
Lacson's other point is accurate: that there is no shortage of M4gery vendors out there, but the fatal problem remains
that the US can block almost any small-arms deal we might attempt, short of going very, very red.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2016, 08:33:31 PM »
Russia has this AK-101 using 5.56mm NATO standard bullets. Its an Export variant being use by Indonesia already.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2016, 05:09:28 AM »
PNP rifles deal not halted, Dela Rosa clarifies | Inquirer.net - November 02, 2016
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The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) acquisition of at least 27,000 assault rifles from the United States worth P1.7 billion will still continue, at least for now.



Image taken from Inquirer.net FB Page

Other source: GMA news
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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2016, 10:03:38 PM »
So apparently Reuters deals in chismax from political aides now? Wow... Someone got majorly burned by their "source" on this one.

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Re: US stopped Philippines rifle sale that US senator opposed – sources
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2016, 12:41:53 AM »
Duterte reconsidered decision, OK’d purchase of US assault rifles – Bato dela Rosa
Published November 14, 2016 10:49am
By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte has given his go-signal for the procurement of 26,000 assault rifles from the United States which he earlier ordered canceled, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Monday.

Dela Rosa said he discussed the matter with Duterte during their trip to Malaysia last week.

“Actually I talked to him personally during our trip to Malaysia tungkol diyan. We reported to him that the processing of documents is going on smoothly according to Sig Sauer, wala silang nakitang harang doon, hindi po naharang,” he said in a press conference.

Duterte earlier ordered the cancellation of the procurement after a wire agency reported that the US State Department stopped the sale when US Senator Ben Cardin opposed it  because of concerns about human rights violations in connection with the war on illegal drugs.

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