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PNP eyes Glock as standard handgun

The Glock 17 Generation 4 9mm pistol
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- The Glock 17 Generation 4 9mm pistol could be the next standard sidearm of the Philippine National Police.

The weapon passed all tests -- documentary, endurance and material -- placing local firm Trust Trade and Glock Asia Pacific, with which it has a joint venture, in the position to bag the P1.2-billion contract to supply the PNP with 59,904 handguns.

The PNP Bids and Awards Committee is set to recommend that Director General Nicanor Bartolome award the contract to Trust Trade.

"Our Technical Working Group will submit a resolution recommending to the BAC to declare as passed the joint venture of Trust Trade and Glock. This means Trust Trade has passed all the requirements. We will recommend (that the) chief PNP to award the contract to them for the delivery of 59,904 pistols," said Senior Superintendent Edwin Roque, BAC secretariat.

Trust Tradde made the second lowest offer -- around P998 million -- in the bidding in which the winning supplier, R. Espinelli, was disqualified for failing to meet documentary requirements.

The contract, if it pushes through, will be the largest purchase of handguns by the PNP in recent years and is expected to equip all police personnel with pistols.

A check on Glock's official website described the Glock 17 Generation 4 as ideal for the military and police since it is easy to maintain and service.

Once the contract is formally awarded to Trust Trade, all 59,904 pistols should be delivered to the PNP in five tranches within 570 days.

The first tranche of 120,000 units is expected to be delivered within this year. The second and third tranches will be within 120 days of the preceding delivery; and the fourth and fifth tranches within 90 days.

"With this we will attain our target of one handgun per policeman," Roque said.

The priority units to receive the pistols are those in the frontlines, particularly officers in municipal and city stations, and in security battalions.

The last personnel to receive the weapons will be those in the national headquarters.

The PNP gave assurances it followed all procurement procedures as mandated by law and said the bidding process had been transparent.
"Napakahigpit ng ating BAC at TWG so talagang down to the letter ng RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) ‘yung sinusunod natin at observed din natin ang principle of transparency (Our BAC and TWG are very strict so RA 9184 was observed to the letter and we observed the principle of transparency)," Roque said.