Campaign yields over 2,500 loose firearms in WV

The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) confiscates 2,515 loose firearms (Photo from Bombo Radyo-Iloilo’s Facebook page)

The Police Regional Office’s (PRO-6) “Tokhang Kontra Ginadilian nga Pusil” (TKGP) resulted in the seizure of 2,515 loose firearms.

PRO-6 Director Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, during the celebration of the 117th Police Service Anniversary on Tuesday,  said of the total firearms, 46 were confiscated by virtue of search warrants while the rest were surrendered.

“I am happy with the result. This is our way of showing our guests that we are reacting on all the orders given by the national headquarters,” he said.

“This is our way of addressing (the problem on) loose firearms in our region and our way of preparing for the forthcoming (2019 mid-term) elections,” Bulalacao added.

He recognized the strong support of the community, especially those who surrendered their firearms.

The director said they are expecting the region to become more peaceful, especially during the 2019 elections.

“If these firearms are still outside, these might cause a number of incidents if these will be used in doing violence,”Bulalacao said.

He said they will relentlessly campaign against loose firearms since their record showed that there are about 69,000 loose firearms in the entire Western Visayas region.

“I am still appealing to all our constituents to surrender their unlicensed firearms to our custody. We know these loose firearms are the ones being used by criminal elements and unscrupulous individuals in perpetrating crimes, which cause violence in our region,” Bulalacpao added.

PRO-6’s campaign against loose firearms was launched in the region last July 23.

The campaign was implemented in two approaches. First is the “soft hand” approach wherein they will do house-to-house visits and hold an information drive to encourage individuals to surrender their unregistered firearms.

Second is the “iron hand” approach with police conducting operations against loose firearms through search warrants.PNA/IMT