PNP okays firearms deal


PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome Photo by Matikas Santos/

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome approved Thursday the proposal for the firearms procurement, its spokesman said.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the contract with Trust Trade/Glock Asia was for the procurement of 59,904 9-millimeter pistols. Bartolome signed the contract at around 3:40 p.m. in the presence of the PNP Command Group and Bids and Awards Committee officials.

“I have just consulted our legal officers on all aspects of the procurement process and I will sign it anytime,” Bartolome said in an interview earlier in the day.

The contract was submitted to Bartolome last September 10 amid reports that some losing bidders were trying to derail the negotiations. The PNP chief was given 15 days to approve or disapprove the proposal from the Bids and Awards Committee.

With the approval, a notice to proceed will be released for the scheduling of shipments.

Deputy Director General Emelito Sarmiento, deputy chief for operations and BAC chairman, said the first batch of pistols consisting of 12,000 units will be delivered 150 days upon the issuance of the notice, and will be completed after 570 days, or roughly 1 year and 7 months.

“This is the first time that our policemen will have firearms [that are] 100 percent that is why we were very careful with our procedures,” Bartolome said.

The bidding process remains suspended for the assault rifles and may be rescheduled.

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  • Edgardo

    We should patronize made in Philippines products to encourage our manufacturers to boost local business and employment. Whatever happened to the government self sufficiency program in arms. If we can’t make it here that’s the only time that we buy foreign made products.It seems we still can’t do away with colonial mentality.

    • execute

      walang tiwala  sila toL..

    • tonyabs

      eh problema ay baka mataas ang bid ng Amscor.. pad volume of more than 10,000  ang order dapat mababa ang bid.

  • lionheart58

    Mas maganda sana kung Philippine made pistols ang binili.  At any rate, we appreciate the effort to provide our police force with reliable service pistols.  Congratulations.

  • WeAry_Bat

    So what happens in situations where there are no civilians and they need penetrating power? 

    They would need different types of 9mm ammunition in different magazines.  Otherwise, the .38 and .45 cal would still be on another holster.

    • Mamang Pulis

      BOSS–kya may assault weapon na dala si manong pulis.

      hindi mo ba napapansin yun mga trigger happy na polis?

      gumagamit ba sila ng sidearm?

      hindi ah–naka full auto pa yun lolo elisco nila.

      rason nila wla naman kasing burst setting ang elisco :)

      • WeAry_Bat

        hm, parang tama ka.  nalala ko nung sinama ko pulis, nung sabi ko mag-ingat eh nilagay sa Auto yung switch, naka-parallel.  buti walang Turbo mga rifle, kung sugod na yun, ubos agad bala nila.

  • Crusade_r

    how come people from other countries buy arms from Armscor Phils. and our very own PNP buys  from different countries?

    • manks

       Hindi mo kc alam ang history kung bakit hindi sa armscore binili, kc po palpak ung baril nila sa testing… GETS mo…

      • Crusade_r

        sabihin mo lang ang gusto mong sabihin kabayan ng hindi na kailangang pagmukhain mo pa akong bobo at tratuhing parang bata.

    • Mamang Pulis

      nag bid ang armscor, may kataasan kaysa sa trustrade–

      tanong mo kay Mr Tuazon bakit mataas sila

      bka kinausap na sya ng Trustrade–

      sir, pede ba taasan mo na yun bid mo pos bigyan ko na lang kyo ng ‘incentives’…

      • Crusade_r

        Possibly nga na nabyaran din.

    • billy31

       how can u compare naman Armscor with Glock?

      • Crusade_r

        well…they both can kill…I’d rather let our PNP use a Filipino made weapon to kill a Filipino who murder, steal, and kidnap, and extort fellow Filipinos.

  • Tiboy

    we have our own products that needs gov’t support. pang export quality na ang armscor, metroarms, etc. just hoping no AD will happen….

  • billy31

    sa FBI at in most Police Forces in the US, nadinig ko Glock 40 Cal ang ginagamit nila dahil mas malakas ito kesa sa 9mm. Sa atin naman ay 9mm. Baka sampung tama na lumalaban pa ang kriminal? ano kay ang batayan bakit 9mm ang pinili ng atin police technical group?

    • divictes

      Tama ka. Pero pabor sa atin ‘yung 9mm, dahil pag tinopak si PO1 at nag-indiscriminate firing mas malaki ang chance mong maka-survive sa tama ng 9mm kesa .40cal. ‘Yun kung umabot ka ng hospital at may pang-deposit…he-he-he.

  • uma_asa_pa

    Wala namang masama kung bumili sa ibang bansa.  Sana nilagyan nila ng kondisyon yung contract na dapat there is certain percentage nung order na dito sa Pilipinas gagawin or assemble para na din transfer of technology nang mag karoon naman ng trabaho ang ating mga kababayan.

  • Francis81

    Sabi ni Rico Puno Happy Days are here again!

  • tekateka

    All government contracts should be this transparent… they should even broadcast it live on the web… 

  • hinayupaknasexy

    tongpats-tongpats lang yan…

  • $18209031

    Yati ra, naka Glock pistols  na ang mga kotong cops natin.   ANg daming magkaroon ng aksiidente mga ito kasi ang glock trigger is the safety in one. Sanay ang mga gagu na trigger happy .  Tingnan lang ninyo, mahirap e reprogram ang mga utak mga ito. Glock safety is in the trigger itself. No manual safeties or frame mounted safety like 1911 and the tagfolios hipower clones.

  • Nic Legaspi

    It is stated in the constitution (section 12, I think) that the government should take steps in promoting and patronizing locally-made/assembled products. However, what if the price is not competitive?

    Tragic dilemma.

  • arao_liwanag

    Many stupid Filipinos who wants to provoke a conflict with China don’t even know that the the country couldn’t even manufactured it’s own needles and hairpin. And to arm the Tulisman, I mean policeman, then you have fo import guns. Mga tigas TITI lang kayo.

  • padrefaura

    makukuha rin ni Rico Puno ang “few millions” nya with Pnoy’s blessings. 

  • Mali_Galig

    More guns will not solve the problem but will add more to the problem. Now the corrupt officials and politicians have more protection.

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