PNP calls on owners of loose firearms to avail of gov't amnesty program
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (October 9) -- Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here have called on all owners of loose firearms to register their piece under the amnesty program of the government to avoid future problems with the law.
Police Sr. Supt. Segundo Duran, Jr., provincial director said the amnesty program is now ongoing to facilitate the availment of legal licenses among holders of loose firearms.
"We are calling our civil-society groups who are possessing loose firearms to avail of the amnesty program for their legal security and protection," he said.
Illegal possession of firearms is punishable by law from 1 year to 12 years imprisonment.
The amnesty program for the licensing and registration of firearms was earlier embodied under the Executive orders Nos. 171 and 390.
The amnesty program is being implemented to account all loose firearms and holders of these firearms be given an opportunity to obtain the required firearm license.
The latest amnesty program is embodied under Executive Order No. 585 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in December 11, 2006.
Its implementation was however delayed due to the May 14 national and local elections. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]