PNP announces last and final firearms amnesty
Tuguegarao City (6 October) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Command 2 has encouraged the firearms holders to avail of the amnesty for unrenewed, unlicensed and unregistered firearms.
Regional director PCS Roberto M. Damian said based on research and studies, 80 percent of crimes in the country involve the use of firearms, which is needed to be preempted if not to totally eradicate.
"For few months now the PNP is continuously intensifying its operations against the proliferation of unregistered firearms and conducting effective accounting of loose firearms under the national firearms control program", Damian said.
PSI Hector Balinuyus of the Firearms Division, informed that in Region 2, there is a total of 31, 185 loose firearms. However, based on their mandates, they only need the 3 percent of it to be accounted. The 3% of 31,185 is 935, and as of now PNP 2 has accounted already 835, so they only need 97 more to meet their quota.
However, PSSupt. Pedro Cuntapay of the Public Information Office, said they don't limit their accomplishments in the said percentage alone but as much as possible they need to reduce significantly the number of loose firearms in the region.
The officials informed that with the amnesty, the unlicensed and unrenewed FAs may be renewed and licensed with minimal fee of P650 only and those unregistered may be registered at P1,000 fee only.
The amnesty begins on October 1 to 31, 2009 only, that's why after this, Damian warned the loose firearms holders that if they cannot avail of the amnesty program, they will face the consequences if caught by the authorities. (Oliver B/PIA 2) [top]