PNP acquires 10 brand new choppers

PNP acquires 10 brand new choppers

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is thankful that Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the President of the Philippines.

Before him, the PNP was having big problems with respect to its budget badly needed for the purchase of various equipments. Pres Duterte can be credited for "prioritizing the needs of the policemen by giving more than enough capital outlay to purchase various equipment."

“When PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) was not yet President, the PNP only got PHP2 billion budget for the entire year. For 2017-2019, the PNP was already given PHP26 billion budget,” Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP deputy chief for operations, said.

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And now, the PNP will acquire its own brand new helicopters to enhance its crime-fighting capability.

Gamboa said the new air assets consist of two training choppers costing PHP90 million each, seven single-engine units costing PHP250 million each, and a twin-engine unit costing PHP450 million.

Gamboa further relayed that the first two training helicopters will arrive in September this year and another two will be arriving in November. The remaining helicopters will be delivered sometime in June next year.

“I will be flying to France next week to test the helicopters,” Gamboa added.

The PNP will assign two helicopters in the National Capital Region, two in the Visayas, and two in Mindanao..

The helicopters were purchased by the PNP in the United States, Canada, and France.

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Report from PNA

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