A website has revived a Facebook post that contains fabricated content accusing President Benigno Aquino III’s administration of buying defective M4 rifles for the armed forces.
The headline of a Sept. 30 article by Pinas Trends reads:
HULI NA! MGA DEPEKTONG RIFLES NA NAGKAKAHALA (sic) NG ₱1.9 BILLION NA BINILI UMANO NG AQUINO ADMIN NADISKUBRE (Caught! Defective rifles worth P1.9 billion allegedly bought by Aquino administration discovered)!
Sonza’s original post alleged:
Almost 61,000 M4 rifles worth P1.9 billion were dumped somewhere because they are all defective,
Gun manufacturer Remington was given three months to repair the defective firearms.
The guns will be sold to junk shops by the kilo, or through the blackmarket.
The firearms manufacturer took a year to repair the guns as opposed to Sonza’s claim of three months, reports said.
The repaired guns were eventually redistributed to military troops such as the 7th infantry division based on Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.
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