President Aquino distributes new guns to PNP personnel

QUEZON CITY – President Benigno S Aquino III today personally led the distribution of new handguns acquired by the PNP recently.

In ceremonies held at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, President Aquino, assisted by DILG  Sec Mar Roxas and PNP  Chief, Director General Alan L Purisima handed over the Glock 17 Generation 4 safe-action 9mm pistols to PNP personnel who were pre-selected by the Directorate for Logistics (DL) to receive the new service firearms.

The first 21 police personnel to personally receive the Glock17 9mm pistols from the President were Police Officer 2 John Ely Bayan from the La Union Police Regional Office, PO2 Rodrigo Salviejo – PRO 2, Santiago City; PO2 Nino Ryan Opinga – PRO 3, Olongapo City; PO1 Reilineth De Jesus PRO 4A, Tagaytay City; PO1 Bone Roger Tabinga – PR4B, Puerta Princesa City;

PO1 Eliseo Prieta, PRO 5, Naga City; PO2 Jun Damaolao – PRO 6, Iloilo City; PO2 Crisanto Nudalo – PRO 7, Cebu City; PO2 Gregorio Wabina – PRO 8, Tacloban City; PO1 Joey Mutuc – PRO 9, Zamboanga City; PO1 Earl Ballesteros – PRO 10, Cagayan De Oro City; PO1 Robinson Palomares – PRO 11, Davao City;

PO1 Sotero Gania – PRO 12, General Santos City; PO1 Ismael Tabamo, Jr. – PRO 13, Butuan City; PO2 Esnairah Lucman – PRO ARMM, Marawi City; PO1 Elizalde Kibayan – PRO CAR, Baguio City; PO1 Angel Martin – NCRPO, Northern Police District; PO1 Randy Colanggo – NCRPO, Eastern Police District; PO1 Maridel Malabanan – NCRPO, Manila Police District; PO1 Butch Zinampan – NCRPO, Southern Police District; and PO1 Ranilyn Magailon – NCRPO, Quezon City Police District.

The new pistols form part of the 60,000 firearms bought by the PNP with an allocation of P1.2-billion from the PNP Modernization program.

The Glock safe-action pistol is currently in service in almost 60 percent of national police forces and law enforcement agencies in Europe, America and Asia.

The Glock 17 Gen 4 successfully passed the series of functional and operational tests conducted by the PNP including the 20,000 rounds endurance firing test. On instructions of the Chief PNP, the DL has prioritized issuance of the new handguns to PNP units stationed in major tourist destinations and urban centers, including the 254 graduates of PNPA Class 2013.

Only personnel who have passed  training on firearms proficiency and firearms maintenance are eligible for issuance of the Glock 17. The Chief PNP said the latest addition of 59,904 handguns to the PNP’s current inventory will ensure an unprecedented 100% fill-up in the requirement for sidearms to fully equip the 148,000-strong national police force.

At present, the PNP only has an assortment of 73,797 short firearms in service, mostly acquired from previous procurements over the years. According to Purisima, the PNP was able to save P200-million from this recent purchase of 59,904 handguns worth P998-million, from out of a P1.2-billion outlay from the Office of the President.

The Directorate for Logistics is eyeing to utilize the P200-million savings for an additional order of some 12,000 more handguns. Purisima said there will be ample supply of handguns in the inventory to equip all 148,000 members of the PNP with enough surplus to equip recruits who will join the force in the coming years.(With report from PNP-PIO)