Loose firearms land in Bacolod PNP; Baka matokhang may ari eh

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Some 166 loose firearms have been surrendered to the Bacolod City Police Office nearly a month after it launched a “Tokhang” for such items.

The city police said the Western Visayas regional police’s “Tokhang Kontra Guinadili-an nga Pusil” received 166 loose firearms in Bacolod between July 23 and Aug. 16.

Of the 166 surrendered firearms, 103 were surrendered by individuals whose licenses are still pending, while 63 were turned over by owners who do not intend to renew their licenses.

City police records showed there are 11,234 registered firearms, 1,798 of which belong to juridical entities, including security agencies.

The owners who turned in their guns for safekeeping can claim their firearms after renewing their licenses.

Police said the owners of these 166 firearms included businessmen, elected government officials, and even policemen.

Acting city police chief Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo said they will facilitate the donation of the unclaimed firearms to the government.