From Update Philippines (Jun 30): Duterte wants battalion of police snipers
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday, June 29 – during his visit to Philippine National Police Region XI at Camp Quintin M. Merecido, Catitipan, Buhangin, Davao City – that the next shipment of Chinese military aid will be on September.
The President made the statement a day after China turned over thousands of rifles and millions of ammunition. He added that the PNP and military will share from the Chinese aid especially the sniper rifles.
“And I hope that you can assemble about one battalion of snipers para — mahusay kung marami tayong snipers,” the President said.
He added that the Maute terrorist group is using sniper rifles. “They are also sniping at us and they have the beautiful guns, they have the Barretts. So you’d be wondering: Saan nila ito nakuha.”
“Ang may mga Barrett lang ‘yan ‘yung mga Amerikano, tayo, binigyan tayo ng Amerikano, nagbili tayo. But sila halos, until now, we are still trying to — we are still recovering some of their weapons at that includes the Barrett,” the President added.
“Well, it’s a deadly firearm, it can reach you almost one kilometer away. But may panlaban naman tayo. Marami man rin tayong Barrett. And with additional arms, I think we will find it easy really to operate,” he added.