Press Statement of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II regarding the reported missing PNP firearms which was sold to the NPA

09 January 2018

“We must always remember that as public servants, we are accountable to the people and must discharge our mandate with outmost fidelity and integrity.”

                                                      - Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II

Acting on the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to investigate the reported missing 1,004 Philippine National Police firearms at the PNP Headquarters which were discovered to have been sold to the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao, the undersigned issued Department Order No. 007, s. 2018.

Said Department Order authorizes the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct investigation and case build-up over the missing PNP Firearms and if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate cases against government personnel and private individuals found liable.

With this, we are confident that those individuals who are responsible for this felonious act will be held accountable.

                                                         - Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II

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