Senator Lacson slams US for bullying Philippines

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday reacted to the US after they stopped the sale of firearms in the Philippines. He said what the US showed was not a "scare tactic 
but a bully attitude" towards the Philippines.

"The United States' decision to halt the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to the Philippine National Police was not a scare tactic but a bully attitude towards a longtime ally – which is not fair, the Philippines being an equally sovereign state," Lacson said.

"Prudence dictates that the US State Department should first show a conclusive investigation that affirms what Sen. Benjamin Cardin has alleged before issuing a statement banning the sale of assault rifles to our uniformed services," Lacson added.

Earlier, President Duterte also said the same thing with the US that it was not a scare tactic.

“Yan lang pantakot nya sa akin. Hindi sya magpapabili ng armas? E karaming de bomba dito," Duterte said.

Sen. Lacson urged the PNP to start for looking another source where they could buy firearms.

“Taiwan for example has stopped buying their police firearms from the US and is now procuring their standard 9mm pistols from Germany which they say are better and more suitable to their law enforcement needs. There are other sources like Israel, Belgium, even Russia and China,” Lacson said.

While Senator JV Ejercito also commented about the halt of rifles.

"PNP can now look at Israeli, Austrian or German-made high-powered rifles which are even more superior. American legislators and officials getting wrong information as well. They are basing their judgment on effort to destroy Duterte in international media," Ejercito said.

Source: GMA, Inquirer

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