“Oplan Katok” to ensure peaceful polls
By RPCRD, Police Regional
March 13, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – At least 510 long and short firearms with expired licenses
were turned-in for safekeeping at different police stations in the
region as the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) continued its campaign
against unrenewed and loose firearms.
Police Chief Superintendent
Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director said they expect to
account for more as the police intensifies its campaign against loose
firearms and guns with expired licenses as part of the effort to have
secure and fair elections this year.
“We thank those gun owners
who responded to our call to renew their gun licenses or voluntarily
turned-in their firearms. Those who did not heed our call may face
further discomfort as they will be then subjected to Search Warrant,
to be followed by filing of criminal case for violation of the RA 1866
as amended by RA 8294 or Illegal Possession of Firearm, Explosive and
Ammunition,” Soria added.
Soria directed all unit
commanders to strengthen their efforts with firearms being one of the
most common weapons used in violence.
PRO8 is trying to account
for 10,407 firearms with expired licenses in Eastern Visayas as
written notices were sent and a total of 13,901 house visitations were
conducted to the owner’s addresses and reminded those who have
unrenewed firearms licenses of their obligations and for those who
have unlicensed firearms to surrender such.
The police official added
that most of the firearms with expired licenses were from Leyte,
followed by Samar and Northern Samar.
Of the figure, 908 licenses
were already renewed while 579 are on-process of renewal.
A total of 5,372 gun owners
with expired licenses were advised to renew their respective licenses
while others were either not contacted, deceased, denied ownership,
transferred residence or the firearms were either sold, lost or carted
Forty firearms, meanwhile,
are in different courts as exhibits.
Soria, however, clarified
that even if the PNP is issuing licenses to firearms, the release of
permits to carry firearms outside of residence is still suspended as
the police is strictly implementing Commission on Election (Comelec)
The top police official
further informed that as the midterm elections draw nearer, a more
protracted and intense campaign against loose and unrenewed licenses
of guns will be implemented by his office.