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Latest News Philippines: Stricter gun control measures for 2013 polls – Journal.com.ph:
MAMANG PULIS — PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome has ordered the implementation of stricter gun control measures aimed at reducing by 10 percent gun-related crimes and by 3.38 percent the number of loose firearms in time for the 2013 mid-term elections.
The PNP chief pressed the need to account for loose firearms and importantly partisan armed groups since they are crucial in ensuring a peaceful and credible 2013 mid-term elections, said PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Director Alan LM Purisima.
The PNP leadership has ordered the crackdown against so-called “private armies” and illegal weapons in line with orders from President Aquino and Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. The government ordered the police to spare no one in the campaign.
Records from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office showed that as of August 2012, there are a total of 1,592,435 registered guns and 610,156 unregistered firearms in the country. The PNP-FEO headed by Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta is the main PNP unit tasked to issue firearms and explosives permits and other licenses.
The guns include those owned by private individuals and juridical entities which include government security offices, local government units and private security agencies.
Delinquent firearms owners are being given formal notices by the PNP-FEO to renew their licenses within a six-month period or face charges for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition that may result in the revocation of their permits and forfeiture of the guns in favor of the government.
Purisima said the crackdown against PAGs started as early as last January when police units were ordered to mount an aggressive campaign against the so-called “private armies” and their loose firearms in perennial poll “hot spots”.
The PNP chief also tasked the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to spearhead the massive nationwide gun control campaign to account for loose firearms and tens of thousands of licensed guns whose owners have failed to renew their registration over the years.
All 17 police regional offices as well as the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the PNP-Intelligence Group and the PNP Highway Patrol Group were instructed to do their share in the PNP’s massive effort to account for loose weapons to arrest gun-related crimes across the country.
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