QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is contemplating on opening a gun amnesty program to owners of loose firearms in the country.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde believes the measure could curb crimes involving loose firearms and would encourage owners to apply for an official license.
The plan was prompted by a series of killings against local executives by suspects using unregistered firearms.
“Kaya nga tayo nagpo-propose ng amnesty to encourage ang owners ng loose firearms lalong lalo na ang mga hindi lisensyadong firearms to license their firearms and register their firearms. That is one way na ma-account natin itong mga less one million (loose firearms) na estimate natin,” Albayalde said.
The PNP Chief added that they will intensify police crackdown through improving intelligence gathering, checkpoints, Oplan Sita and Oplan Bakal towards recovering unregistered gun units across the country.
“Pinag-igting natin ang intelligence build up on owners or possesor of loose firearms lalong lalo na ang suspected natin na gun for hire or even ang private armed groups na sinasabi. Kaya nga nagbigay tayo ng direktiba sa ating mga pulis sa ground na i-intensify ang …kanilang account ng loose firearms at pag-aresto sa most wanted person sa kani-kanilang mga areas of jurisdiction,” he added.
Albayalde stressed that there is no way gun owners will not renew or register their units or acquire a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) given that there is an operational one-stop-shop for fast processing of gun license at PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame.
Owners may also opt to apply online or in LTOPF caravans in their areas.
The PNP, as always, remind gun owners and enthusiasts to be responsible when carrying or using firearms and be of help to the authorities in combatting crimes, especially that the 2019 Midterm election is drawing near. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
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