AFP won't seal firearms of soldiers for New Year's celebration

December 30, 2010 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Thursday it is doing away with the past practice of sealing the barrel of the firearms of its officers and men as a precaution against illegal firing to welcome the New Year 2011.

In a press briefing, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta said the military believes in the discipline of its personnel that they will not be involved in such illegal activity.

Mabanta recalled that the AFP never had problems in the past involving its officers and men in firing their weapons during the New Year’s revelry.

He noted that the military has an inventory system where it is able to monitor how the soldiers utilize the ammunition issued to them.

“Secondly, we believe in the discipline of our soldiers, officers and enlisted personnel, and for quite some time, right now, we have not seen or monitored any problems regarding illegal firing of our arms for whatever activity or occasion,” the AFP spokesman said.

Mabanta was quick to say, however, that they are not criticizing the decision of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to seal the firearms of its men a few days ago.

“That’s their own system, but we in the Armed Forces, we believe that we do not need to institute those measures because we leave it to our commanders in the field to discipline (their men),” Mabanta said. (PNA) scs/VR

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