Bartolome approves P1.98-B pistol deal
MANILA, Philippines - Policemen can expect to get their new pistols soon.
On Thursday, September 20, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Nicanor Bartolome signed the P1.98-billion Glock pistol deal -- approving the contract between the PNP and Trust Trade of the Philippines, which was signed September 10.
The deal that allows the purchase of 59,904 units of Glock Gen 9 mm pistols is one of the biggest procurements that the PNP has ever sealed. It is expected to solve the firearms shortage of the PNP, and phase out old models of revolvers still used by the police.
About 148,000 policemen nationwide are expected to receive the new firearms.
The deal comes after allegedly anomalous procurements of assault rifles that were allegedly overpriced and whose bidders had insufficient documents. The rifle procurements have since been suspended. Lacierda assured media last week however, that President Benigno Aquino III had no problem with the bidding process of the Glock pistols.
Full delivery of the pistols is expected within 570 days. The first delivery will be made in 150 days, the second and third within 120 days, and the 4th and 5th within 90 days. - Rappler.com