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Duterte OK with arming state prosecutors

/ 10:14 PM April 04, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is open to issuing firearms to state prosecutors to protect themselves.

Duterte, himself a former prosecutor, made the announcement during the 31st Annual Convention of Prosecutors League of the Philippines in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

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“I am ready for any suggestion. Options all are on the table. Anong gusto ninyo? Baril? I will allow it,” Duterte said.

During his speech, the President also recalled his days as a prosecutor in Davao City.

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He claimed that his house was strafed and that he understood how tough and dangerous it was to be a prosecutor.

“I suffered a strafing of my house, JIs, and the all sorts of the wife of — the wife and the children in a photograph sent to you. Those were the things that they wanted to do either coming from all sources. And profile — profiling the targets, not them. So alam ko kung gaano kahirap,” he said.

The President even asked prosecutors not to get a caliber.45, but Glock 19 since its bullet rarely jams and is almost maintenance-free.

Last year, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra pushed for the arming of state prosecutors.

According to Guevarra, allowing them to carry firearms would boost law enforcement in the country. / gsg

READ: DOJ’s call to arms: Time to fund guns for prosecutors

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