Kakasuhan talaga! PNP WV hunts loose guns owners


Police in Western Visayas are cracking down on owners of loose firearms as the start of the campaign period for the May 2019 elections draws closer.

Regional police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said this following the demilitarization of 2,297 loose firearms last Feb. 4.

“I warn those who keep defying our call to surrender their firearms with expired licenses: We will run after you. We have the list of those who have possessed guns with unrenewed licenses, and we will double our police operations to recover them,” Bulalacao said

Demilitarized firearms are those deliberately made incapable of firing a projectile.

At a ceremony last Monday, police demilitarized several homemade or “paltik” firearms, which are used in crimes or as evidence in judicial proceedings.

Police added some 7,375 firearms had been surrendered or deposited at the police stations after their owners failed to renew their registrations

Meanwhile, 497 loose firearms were confiscated and captured through intensified focused police operations.

Police records showed 7,375 firearms were surrendered since July 24 last year, a day after the Western Visayas police launched a war against loose firearm dubbed as “Tokhang Kontra Guinadili-an nga Pusil.”

The regional police also wants to curb crimes using unlicensed firearms, particularly in the May 2019 polls.