CONFISCATED FIREARMS. Assorted firearms confiscated in various parts of Central Luzon are presented to Philippine National Police officials led by Gen. Oscar Albayalde (center) and the media during a press briefing in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on Thursday (April 4. 2019). The firearms, numbering 574 in all, were mostly confiscated in checkpoints as part of the election gun ban. (Photo by Ric Sapnu)
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- At least 574 assorted firearms have been confiscated by authorities in Central Luzon since the start of the election gun ban on January 13 this year.
Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon) director, presented the seized firearms to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, during a press briefing in this camp on Thursday.
Albayalde instructed all provincial and city police directors in the region to intensify security measures for a peaceful national and local election next month.
The confiscated firearms comprised 148 pistols; 277 revolvers; 25 rifles; 16 shotguns; 85 other firearms, such as the sumpak, improvised gun, and homemade paltik; and 23 replicas.
The breakdown of the confiscated guns in seven provinces and two highly-urbanized cities in Central Luzon is as follows: Nueva Ecija, 207; Bulacan, 111; Pampanga, 95; Tarlac, 58; Bataan, 38; Zambales, 32; Angeles City, 23; Olongapo City, 7; and Aurora, 3.
Coronel said PRO-3 also confiscated 3,560 deadly weapons, 27 hand grenades, and 3,437 assorted ammunition.
Out of the total confiscated firearms, he said some of them were voluntarily surrendered by their owners due to expired licenses and others were seized in checkpoint operations.
Coronel said they will continue their intensified campaign against loose firearms to help curb incidents of election-related violence, as well as prevent criminals from carrying out their nefarious activities.
“Time and again, I am encouraging the public to report any illegal activities and we need your support to continue helping us in our fight against all forms of criminality as we aim for a safe and secure mid-term elections this May,” he added. (PNA)