PNP seizes 5,000 illegal guns from Jan. to Oct. 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:26

Laying the groundwork for secure and fair elections in May 2013, the Philippine National Police reported on Sunday the confiscation of nearly 5,000 illegal firearms in the country during the first 10 months of this year.

In spite of the significant increase in the seizure of illegal guns, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome ordered police units to step up operations to account for more loose firearms proliferating in the country.

“By taking away these instruments of violence, we are effectively immobilizing the activities of some threat groups, criminal elements and partisan armed groups that may affect the otherwise peaceful outcome of the May 2013 polls,” Bartolome said.

The PNP Directorate for Operations reported the confiscation of 4,976 loose firearms in separate police operations from January to October this year.

”This year’s firearms haul more than doubled or 69 percent up from the results of similar gun control efforts in 2011,” Bartolome noted.

A huge bulk of the confiscated loose firearms or 4,911 came from criminal elements, while 158 were from threat groups.

The confiscation of these loose firearms resulted from 1,914 Oplan “Bakal”/Oplan “Sita” operations, 80 internal security operations, 330 search warrant operations, and 476 checkpoint operations.

A total of 2,847 gun law violators were arrested in the 10-month police campaign.

The PNP is also eyeing to account for some 358,833 unregistered guns now deemed as loose firearms for failure of their owners to update or renew their gun license for more than two years.

The intensified campaign against loose firearms is part of the PNP’s efforts to maintain peace and order during the midterm elections in May 2013.

The PNP has also activated Task Force Secured and Fair Elections or SAFE, headed by Deputy Director General Alan Purisima who is the current chief of the PNP’s directorial staff, as part of the security preparations for next year’s polls.