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Duterte vows to buy only brand new items for police, cops: Pag walang pera, bolo na lang!

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President Rodrigo Duterte wants only the best equipment for soldiers and policemen even if they’re pricier than second hand items.

In his speech at the police service’s 116th anniversary in Camp Crame Wednesday (August 9), Duterte said cops and soldiers will only be able to fight better if they’re ably equipped.

He said he has barred the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police from buying second hand items.

“If we do not have the money, we will just fight them with the bolo. But if you want to buy things, helicopters, I want all, all of the equipment for you, brand new, new ones,” Duterte joked.

The President repeatedly said that he will make the upgrade of the police and military forces’ capability a priority during his term.