AFP troops receive new ‘better half’, first since 1970s

Philippine Army and the Marines finally received their new better half at Camp Aguinaldo August 14, 2014 during the ceremonial distribution of M4 assault rifles. The event was led by President Aquino.

President Aquino said a total of 27,3000 assault riffle out of 50,629 ordered will be distributed to the AFP, while the remaining 23,329 units will be delivered this coming December.

He added that this is just one of the first steps in providing real force for Armed Forces. Aquino said that the government is still working hard to continue these initiatives.

Unboxed M4 rifle. Photo by AFP

Unboxed M4 rifle. Photo by AFP

“I think our troops’ morale will become high because these serve as their spouses when they are in combat,” Armed Forces Chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. said. “It really makes a difference if you are confident and then your have a good firearm and you are also competent. If you combine all these, you are assured that you can fight whatever enemy you will confront.”

According to General Catapang, the last military procurement recorded was way back 1974 to 1978. “Since then there was no major acquisition of rifles.”

The contract price for this procurement is P1.9 billion sourced from AFP Capability Upgrade Program (CUP) 2012. US-based Remington Outdoor Company won the public bidding in October 2013.

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