PH has lots of capabilities to make guns, etc. | Inquirer Opinion

PH has lots of capabilities to make guns, etc.

/ 12:16 AM November 11, 2016

This is to correct a very important issue that Ramon Tulfo raised in his column “We have better gunmakers; time to be self-reliant” (Metro, 11/5/16), to be fair to those concerned.

Elisco closed not because of mismanagement but because its contract with the Philippine government expired after producing 200,000 rifles. The name of the company is Elitool, not Elisco.


For everyone’s information, the Armed Forces of the Philippines had the Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program in 1971, under which M16 rifles, jeeps, 60- and 81-mm mortar ammunition, 60-mm mortars (gun), hand grenades, M16 ammunition, tactical radios, M16 magazines, gun barrels for M1s, carbines and pistols, patrol speedboats, practice bombs, 40-mm grenade launcher ammo, rifle grenades, mortar fuzes and bayonets were locally manufactured.

It had plans to make 3/4- and 2 1/2-ton vehicles.


We even exported 40-mm grenade launcher ammo and illuminating mortar ammo to Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The country lost all of these capabilities after the contracts were not renewed and after a change of political leadership. It was a good program because it saved foreign exchange, created jobs and made the AFP self-sufficient.

For almost 10 years the AFP was self-sufficient in all its basic needs to move, shoot and communicate.

We have a lot of capabilities in the country if only the AFP and the Department and National Defense have the initiative to research the capabilities of the local industry and use them.

COL. JOSE GUILLEM, PA (Ret.), formerly one of those who planned and implemented the Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program, [email protected]

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Armed Forces of the Philippines, Elitool, guns, Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program, weapons
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Fearless views on the news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.