One of the primary issues President Rodrigo Duterte will do after flushing out the final terrorist in Marawi City is to search out out who provided the enemy with government-issued firearms and ammunition.
In a speech in a navy camp in Davao City Thursday, Duterte mentioned the Maute group used earnings from their huge drug operations to amass an arsenal which might enable them to match the navy’s firepower.
“It would be good that after this war, if it will end someday to start looking into saan itong mga baril pati ‘yung mga bala kasi ‘yung mga — may mga cartons doon marka pa ‘yung DND (Department of National Defense) personnel, from DND ordnance,” mentioned Duterte.
“So bakit ito nasa… Alam natin, alam ko. Before I left for Russia, I was already told that there was already amassing per intelligence report. But hindi ko akalain na ganon karami ang bala. Saan nila nakuha?” he added.
Duterte mentioned that Maute’s stash included Barratt semi-automatic rifles that had been in all probability purchased from or donated by the United States to the federal government.
“They have the Barretts. So you’d be wondering, ‘Saan nila ito nakuha?’ Ang may mga Barrett lang ‘yan ‘yung mga Amerikano, tayo, binigyan tayo ng Amerikano, nagbili tayo. But sila halos, until now, are still recovering some of their weapons,” mentioned Duterte.
“It’s a deadly firearm, it can reach you almost one kilometer away. But may panlaban naman tayo. Marami man rin tayong Barrett,” mentioned Duterte.
Duterte mentioned that for each bullet fired from a troopers gun, the enemy shot again 5 instances extra “as if they had an endless supply of ammunition.”