The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) on Monday destroyed 2,297 homemade firearms that were surrendered to its various units in Western Visayas to mark the 28th founding anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at Camp Martin Delgado.
The homemade firearms, known as “paltik”, were surrendered to the PNP following the PRO-6’s war against loose firearms dubbed as “Tokhang Kontra Guinadilian nga Pusil” (TKGP) launched on July 23, 2018.
It was the biggest number of loose firearms that were subjected to the “disarm” since the TKGP was launched simultaneously with the war against illegal drugs.
Chief Supt. John C. Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, attributed the accomplishment not only to the efficiency of the local police but also to the public cooperation.
“We challenged them to join in our crusade for a safer, orderly, secured and crime-free Western Visayas. And they all have responded to it,” he said.
The campaign netted a total of 9,974 firearms as of January 29 this year to include those that were surrendered/deposited firearms with unrenewed registration and confiscated loose firearms through the police operations.
Bulalacao said they expect the number to increase as the May election draws near.
He said the police aims to “negate the occurrence of crimes using unlicensed firearms particularly during the 2019 mid-term national and local elections”.
“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,” he said.
Bulalacao asked the help of media in informing the public about their TKGP campaign, adding that those who want to deposit their firearms can visit the nearest police station in their area.PNA