‘New firearms to capacitate police vs criminals, NPA’

BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday turned over new firearms and other equipment worth PHP15 million to capacitate the local police and assure the safety of the public against criminal elements and the New Peoples Army (NPA) terrorists.
PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan led the turnover of 200 Galil firearms; 72,000 rounds of ammunition; 1,400 magazines for long firearms and 100 pieces of glow in the dark flashlights and a mobile patrol service vehicle to the Baguio City Police (BCPO).
The firearms are part of the 1,800 Galil firearms allotted to the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCOR) for this year, all of which are expected to be fully released before the end of the year.
Cascolan said the distribution of firearms and other supplies is being done nationwide to capacitate the policemen and assure the safety of the public against criminal elements and the New Peoples Army (NPA) terrorists.
“The equipment and supplies for policemen in the country including the specialized forces are being upgraded to assure the safety and readiness of the men in uniform in responding to criminal activities, insurgents, and the terrorists,” he said during the turnover ceremony after the flag-raising rites.
Cascolan said the grant is part of the changes in the PNP’s operations where specific units tasked to focus on the conduct of anti-criminality, anti-insurgency, and anti-terrorism campaigns are provided with new supplies and equipment.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong, meanwhile, thanked the PNP for the donations which will further enhance the capability of the BCPO, specifically the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team.
“‘Wag ka sanang magsasawang magbigay sa BCPO at sa PROCOR (Police Regional Office Cordillera) hindi dahil taga dito ka (Do not get tired of giving the needs of the police in Baguio and the Cordillera because you are from here) but because deem it fit and proper to arm and capacitate our policemen,” Magalong said.
Magalong, a retired police general himself, encouraged the police officers to continue providing good service to the residents considering the support they are getting from the government.
At the same time, Magalong turned over a check worth PHP7.2 million to the BCPO to be used for the purchase of hand-held radios.
Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan, PROCOR director, during the opening of the Regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge last week, said that more equipment will be given to the personnel as the PNP continues to procure more supplies.
Pagkalinawan said the acquisition of special equipment for special forces is part of the organization’s primary goals to make sure all police personnel are prepared when it comes to special operations.
“It is now a priority for PROCOR to be able to counter our enemies, which is why I intend to suit up our men just to make sure that just from their tactical gear alone, our enemies will be forced to surrender. This should be the standard of a Cordillera warrior, and we will continue to provide them with the necessary equipment,” Pagkalinawan said. **By Liza Agoot, PNA

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