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Police have no funds to buy guns for new recruits

Police lack firearms
By Jay Dooma Balnig

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) cannot afford to provide firearms for new policemen.

"We have no firearms for new recruits," said Supt. Marlon Ganzon, chief for finance and controllership of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6).

Ganzon said at least 500 rookie policemen will be deployed as peacekeepers without firearms.

The new recruits finished their training at Camp Mosqueda in Guimaras as part of Western Visayas's quota of new personnel this year.

Ganzon said the PNP National Headquarters informed the PRO6 there is no budget for the purchase of firearms.

To further cope with the economic crunch, the PNP will no longer issue firearms to officers with the ranks superintendent to director, Ganzon added.

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