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GUNS

2008.05.28
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Gun manufacturing in a 'sweat shop like-warehouse', Danao, Cebu, Philippines/copyright Nana Buxani
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Gunsmisth. Danao, Cebu, Philippines/copyright Nana Buxani
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Assembling a KG-9 replica. Danao, Cebu, Philippines/copyright Nana Buxani
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next week: Q and A with a documentary filmmaker!

A quick peek at Gun Manufacturing Pictures with excerpts from Carina Evangelista's text..

CAPITALIZING ON CONFLICT: Illegal Gun Manufacturing in the Philippines
Photographs by Nana Buxani
Text by Carina Evangelista
Guns are ubiquitous in the Philippines, described by the BBC News in 2000 as having “a deeply-
rooted gun culture” where “even McDonald's security guards have guns.” It was in 2000 that the
Philippine police chief cracked down on the gun industry that allowed unlimited access to permits and
guns, issued and even sold by corrupt police officials and soldiers. Down went “official” gun sales and
up went the illegal gun market, with machine guns selling then at $375 and revolvers at $15 apiece.
Another BBC report three years later attributes 85% of gun-related crimes in the country to unlicensed
weapons.
The black market has grown since, graduating to a cottage industry in provinces where villagers have
abandoned farming or fishing for the quicker, higher, and more reliable cash yielded by the
underground gun trade; and literally exploding into a tourist industry, with guns promoted as export
products at gun shows in shopping malls. According to an Associated Content news website, among
the high-powered replicas made by self-taught Filipino gunsmiths are the M-16, Ak-47, Uzi, and
Ingram submachine weapons, with unique modifications on the originals fashioned such as
“increasing firing rates and bullet capacities.”
'Underground' might be a misnomer when businessmen, politicians, military personnel, and civilians
comprise the consumers. Most of the illegal gun factories are in the archipelago's middle region of the
Visayas and the guns are shipped north to Luzon and south to Mindanao and then further out from the
ports to Japan and China, finding their way to the Yakuza and other criminal organizations.
In Mindanao, the glaring disproportion of the country's richest natural resources and highest rates of
poverty is compounded by some four decades of ethnic and political conflict amongst the Muslim,
Christian, and lumad (indigenous) groups. Shortly after 9/11, the United States engaged the
Philippines in the war on terror, linking the local Muslim rebel group Abu Sayyaf with Osama bin
Laden. Military operations in the region increased and remain unmitigated, ensuring gun shipments
from the US. This supply spike in firearms for the military and paramilitary groups has to be
approximated by civilian and rebel cadres who would source their weapons via illicit routes.

[i]to be continued....

14 Comments
el amazing photos. very well written text. interesting piece. mabuhay nana and carina!
el · 2008-05-21: 00:38
nico ok ba ung gawa nyo baka d 2magal yan
nico · 2009-03-27: 02:52
nico ok ba ung gawa nyo baka d 2magal yan
nico · 2009-03-27: 02:52
Fritzie Nice Photos. Nice Guns.
Fritzie · 2009-07-03: 04:00
????? hi..ako po c jun,balik bayan po ako.. gusto ko pong malaman kng paano po makabili ng baril sa danao?..at kng paano?..kng paano ko poh madala pag uwi sa aming..
????? · 2009-10-06: 02:22
Charleston The first goal of would be tyrants and dictators is to disarm his people of weapons, money and all means whereby they may resist his power.
Stay ARMED and be ready to defend your freedom. May God bless the gun makers of this country!
Charleston · 2009-10-13: 21:03
dindin wasaaak! nahilo ako sa inquiry ni ????? at sa statement ni Charleston.
dindin · 2009-11-25: 07:24
????? i want 2 buy some of a gun in danao..pro paano ako maka ble dyan?..
????? · 2010-07-21: 21:22
????? i'm empressed with the commet that reads stay ARMED and be ready to defend your freedom thats great...
????? · 2010-10-06: 02:16
jaime batucan great danao made gun im surprise when i saw a kg9 and ingram mc10 mabuhay''''' im also a former gun maker in late 80s but in that time only revolber and 45 pistol are commomly assembly im working now in the kingdom.
jaime batucan · 2011-06-24: 11:55
dissertations I am your fan, where you get these from? I am looking forward to see more from you. I have bookmarked your blog as well. Thanks
dissertations · 2012-01-28: 05:51
????? hi hw cn i get danao handguns.09275725131
????? · 2012-11-18: 13:25
????? do u have recommended gun maker sa danao? i am interested to buy 1..pls contact me at 0927-424-2877..thanks..
????? · 2012-12-27: 04:08
tyrone lopez hi i really want to have that mac 11 ingram pistol could you give me tip on where to buy one of those..really appreciate it..hope to hear from you soon
tyrone lopez · 2013-11-13: 04:50
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