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17 December 2004

Philippine Star

More than 35,000 policemen nationwide are without guns, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said yesterday. Testifying before the Senate committee on finance, Director General Edgar Aglipay said the number is 30 percent of the PNP's total strength of 117,376. Aglipay asked the committee chaired by Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. to approve the PNP's proposed budget of P35.197 billion next year, which is 1.09 higher than last year's. In response, Villar expressed... (

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