Since 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has always wanted to give each soldier a handgun as additional weapon for defense or an exit plan to avoid getting caught alive by terrorists.
But Duterte is getting frustrated convincing soldiers to take the Glock he was giving away because most of them were old school and preferred the all-steel 1911 Caliber .45.
“Ayan may bago ng Glock. Na ‘wag ninyong isabi doon sa may .45. Kasi magkakaroon ng ano eh. You start comparing your guns …at totoo ho niyan, ako ang baril ko Glock. Hindi naman ako sa ano pero ang sundalo kasi noong nag-survey ako. ‘Anong gusto mo, Glock o .45?’ ‘Ah maganda talaga ‘yang .45, sir. Ayaw maalis ‘yung — ‘yung mukha ng .45 ang gusto eh,” said Duterte in a speech at Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar.
Duterte, a gun connoisseur, explained to the soldiers why he preferred Glock.
“Hindi ko naman sabihin na pangit ‘yung .45. Forty-five mabigat. Tapos sige mo linis, hala kalilinis, linis, lagay ng magazine, tanggal ng magazine, linis, cock, pagkatapos niyan bang! O ayon tinamaan na siya,” he said. “Pero ‘yang Glock is a — hindi kinakalawang ‘yan. Maski siguro mga two months ilagay mo lang ‘yan diyan siya sa ilalim ng kama mo, wa siya mabasa, and it can fire still with efficiency. Maganda ‘yang 9mm.
‘Yung hinahawakan ko. Hindi lang ako nag-ingay,” he added. Duterte said Glock was low maintenance compared to the 1911.
“Yung Glock, walang linis-linis ‘yan eh. But it could do you good if you just clean it periodically. Once every three months, ganun. Maski dalhin mo ‘yan sa operations, pagkatapos just wipe it outside. Never mind the inside, matutuyo lang rin ‘yan kanya,” he said.
While the .45 was hard hitting,Duterte said a smaller caliber would get the job done for soldiers.
“It’s made in Austria and a good gun. Tama na ‘yang 9mm. 9mm, lansang, ice pick, pareho lang ‘yan ‘pag pumasok sa katawan mo, mahapdos masyado ‘yan. Kaya ako binigyan ko kayo, sabi ko,’Uhm, thumbtacks lang nga matunok, mag-agaray ka na. bala pa kaya?’ Buang,” he said.
“Kaya gamitin niyo ‘yan. But you need to be proficient. But I have — I repeat, I have yet to encounter a Glock that I fired for the first time nag-jam. Jam-free ‘yan. So alagaan ninyong mabuti. Hindi ko naman sabihing magpakamatay kayo, sinabi ko lang mamatay kayo’,” he added.
He said soldiers shouldn’t worry about facing New People’s Army rebels with their “paltik” and poor marksmanship.
“Yung draw — ah hindi man marunong mag-draw ‘yang NPA. Wala man ‘yang baril. Mga paltik lahat ‘yang karamihan diyan. Praktisi’g draw, you have the advantage maganda — magazine ‘yan mas marami pang bala,” he said.