Pursuant to the signing of a memorandum of agreement between China and the Philippines in August, Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday accepted the military assistance gratis from Chinese Ambassador to Manila, Zhao Jianhua.
Following this, the chair of the House committee on national defense stated Friday that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should examine the firearms that were donated by the Chinese government for compliance with its standards, ABS-CBN News reported.
Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said China’s kind gesture “must be acknowledged as a gesture of friendship and accepted with appreciation,” but reminded that the military should guarantee that the firearms meet the standards that it imposes on weapons it procures for the use of its fighting units and soldiers.
He also explained that using its prescribed procedures and standards on all its purchased weapons, the AFP should test the weapons’ accuracy, resiliency to harsh conditions, dependability over extreme use, compatibility with regularly supplied ammunition and existing spare parts, and ease of use by operators.
In his statement, he said: “This testing is in the interest of the AFP, in order to ascertain that the use of these donated firearms will be effective and safe for use by our troops.”
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He then added that the AFP should not compromise the fighting effectiveness and safety of its soldiers, and that “they cannot afford to have their weapons fail on them in the crucial moments of battle.”
The rifles have an estimated worth of P168 million, coming in the form of 3,000 rifles and their corresponding ammunition (5.56mm.). 30 pieces of sniper scopes were also donated by China, which are intended for the Philippine National Police.