A huge group of Filipino-Chinese investors said it is willing to invest in manufacturing Philippine-made assault firearms. The announcement comes after the U.S. State Department reportedly has stopped sale of some 27,000 assault rifles to the Philippines. Allegedly, US Democratic Senator Ben Cardin expressed concerns of possible human rights violations.
This Wednesday, November 2, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said that Nothing is lost on the part of the Philippine government, except for time. He said that the government has not yet made an advance payment for those rifles, and that they can still order from Germany, Israel, Belgium, Russia or China.
Likewise, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is also not worried about the stoppage of the sale, and reminded the public that Russia promised to help him in everything he needs once he visit the country. Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson echoed the president’s statements, and also slammed the US. The former PNP chief added that it is easy to find other sources.
On the other hand, Senator Leila de Lima blamed President Duterte’s alleged negligence on human rights violations in his intensified war against illegal drugs. The Liberal Party (LP) neophyte senator said that “such reactions from the US should have been expected from the start of the war on drugs with its accompanying toll of EJK cases.”
Meanwhile, the Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen (AFCB) announced its willingness to invest in manufacturing locally-made firearms. In a statement, AFCB Chairman Rafael Tan said that it is now the right time for the Philippines should produce its own guns. He said that gun-making is also a good way to create jobs in the country.
“We fully support the Duterte administration. We understand that our plan cannot be achieved overnight, but could benefit the Philippines in the long run.” Tan said, noting that they will submit a feasibility study to the government soon, and considers Bocaue, Bulacan as the province for gun-manufacturing, as replacement for the firecrackers industry.