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PNP steps up drive against loose firearms in Region 6
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 23 (PNA) - The top official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas pushed for more police operations to recover loose firearms as these could be used in crimes and other illegal activities.
C/Supt. Cipriano E. Querol, Jr., director of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6), ordered all police units to set up random checkpoint/chokepoint operations, apply for search warrants and conduct saturation drives to recover, confiscate and account loose firearms proliferating in the area.
Aside from firearms with expired licenses, Querol also targeted unlicensed firearms.
"We want to avoid the possibility that these loose firearms would be used by criminals in illegal activities such as robbery and liquidation," he said.
In earlier report, Querol revealed that 32,307 firearms in Western Visayas have expired licenses. He appealed to the owners of these firearms to renew their licenses.
The Firearms and Explosives Units of PRO6 has already reminded owners of firearms with expired licenses to renew the same.
Owners of firearms with expired licenses or loose firearms could be charged for violation of PD 1866 as amended.
Last year, 334 cases for violation of gun law were filed against 542 suspects region-wide.
A total of 790 loose firearms were also confiscated and recovered. Of that number, 410 were homemade, 222 were low-powered and 158 were high-powered firearms.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office topped the accomplishment with 189 firearms; Iloilo, 162; Bacolod City, 144; Aklan, 80; Capiz, 70; Iloilo City, 61; Antique, 56; Guimaras, 12; Regional Public Safety Battalion, 12; and the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group, 12.
Querol hopes for more accomplishments on loose firearms this year. (PNA)