Zambo has highest number of loose firearms in Region 9 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:36

Zamboanga City has the highest number of loose firearms in the entire Region 9, according to an estimate of the Philippine National Police during a recent evaluation of the Police Regional Office-9 in relation to the current intensified campaign against loose firearms and the preparation for the forthcoming total gunban in the region in relation to the 2013 elections.

PRO-9 revealed that in its recent estimate, Zamboanga City registered some 10,978 undocumented firearms. Zamboanga del Norte Province is next with some 5,514 loose firearms, Zamboanga Sibugay with 4,050, Zamboanga del Sur with 9,107 and Isabela City with 1,365 lose firearms.

The figures do not include expired or unrenewed lienses which have reached 6,212. or 1,130 expired licenses for juridical or those owned by LGUs and some 5,082 from individual gun owners in the region.

It is for this reason that PRO-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles has directed Zamboanga City Police Office OIC Director Sr. Supt. James Mejia to double the efforts against the proliferation of  loose firearms in Zamboanga City, which is a big contributing factor in the spate of killings here.

Estilles urged the local police to do their work in terms of implementating the campaign as well as preparing strategic plans for the campaign.

Estilles believes that by taking away this instrument of violence, the criminals will think twice in targeting victims.

“Total gun ban, more spot and mobile checkpoints, regular patrols and visibility of policemen in the streets in a 24/7 basis will be some of the effective measures to thwart criminalities,” Estilles said.

Estilles also appealed to residents of the city and the region in general to assist policemen in identifying persons with unlicensed firearms.

“Security is everybody’s concern, so we are appealing to the public to help your policemen by way of giving them information about persons with guns in your barangays and we can live in a peaceful community,” Estilles said.

Estilles at the same time lauded the city government for its extensive logistical support, motor vehicles and firearms to the local police as well as the installation of CCTV cameras in major intersections which could help identify and arrest criminals. — Bhong Simbajon