“Bato” to US stopped the sale of rifles: it’s not loss of the buyer but loss of the supplier
Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said in an interview that they cannot force the US state Department if they stopped the sale of the assault rifles and saying Philippines can always find a new supplier.
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“Hindi pwede nating ipagpumilit kung ayaw nila tayo bentahan. Hanap tayo ng ibang arms supplier like Germany, Russia, etc. Kung ang rason nung US senator ay human rights violations bahala siya sa buhay niya... It’s not the loss of the buyer but the loss of the supplier. Benta pa rin ‘yan para sa kanila,” Dela Rosa said.
Chief Dela Rosa claimed that the government has yet to give payment to US for rifles.
“Pero wala pa tayo naibigay na advance payment dahil bawal sa ating procurement laws. Nothing is lost on the part of the government. Time lost lang ang lugi natin dito kung sakali,” he said.
According to PNP Chief Dela Rosa, the firearms are basically needed to fight terrorists. He also said that his fellow PNP men will fight up to the last drop of their blood even though they only have short rifles.
“Walang epekto (sa campaign against drugs and criminality) dahil gagamitin natin ito sa anti-terrorism campaign. Ang malalaking threat group at PAGS (private armed groups) ang pwede nating gamitan ng malalaking armas,” Dela Rosa said.
“Ang mga pulis pwede nating palabanin kahit na maliliit na baril. Kahit makipagsuntukan na lang kami,” he added.
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines can always go to other suppliers like Russia.
“Karaming de bomba dito. Remember what the Russian diplomat said? Come to Russia. We have everything you need,” he said.