Military has no info on arms shipment announced by Duterte

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2018 05:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday it had no information yet on the expected arrival of a shipment of firearms that President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced.

"Wala pa kaming information regarding this matter, wala pa kaming information regarding [this]. But as soon as we have the information, we will send it to you. We have to go thru the details of these things before we can make a statement regarding this matter" said Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin, Commanding General of the AFP Civil Relations Service.

On Monday, Duterte said the Philippines would receive 5,000 firearms from a “friendly country” in the next few days, without identifying the country where the firearms would be coming from.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also refused to divulge details of the shipment.

The government earlier received 5,000 AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one-million rounds of ammunition, 20 army trucks, and 5,000 steel helmets from Russia.

The Philippines has also received P370 million worth of arms and ammunition from China.