The intensified campaign against loose firearms of Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) resulted in the confiscation of 767 assorted firearms and the arrest of 80 individuals due to illegal possession of firearms.
From January to December 2020, PROCOR conducted a total of 807 police operations that led to the arrest of 80 persons and the filing of 72 cases in court. Based on records, Abra and Kalinga PPO has the highest number of accomplishments with 23 each arrest, and 43 cases were filed in court. Followed by BCPO with 11 arrests wherein 8 cases were filed in court; then Apayao PPO with 8 arrest and 8 cases filed; Mt Province with 6 arrest and 4 cases filed; Ifugao PPO with 5 arrest and 5 cases filed, and Benguet PPO with 4 arrest and 5 cases were filed in court.
The confiscation of hundreds of loose firearms is the result of the continuous conduct of police operations regionwide and engagement to the community through dialogue with the residents and pulong-pulong in support of the PNP’s intensified campaign against Loose Firearms
Of the 767 assorted unlicensed/unregistered firearms recorded, 657 loose guns were surrendered by various individuals and stakeholders, while 86 were confiscated, and 24 various firearms were recovered in different police operations.
Topping the list is Abra PPO by recovering 288 loose firearms, followed by Benguet PPO with 128, Ifugao PPO – 86, Kalinga PPO – 77, Mountain Province PPO – 72, Apayao – 69, and Baguio City Police Office (CPO) with 47 loose firearms.
Loose firearms refer to an unregistered firearm, an obliterated or altered firearm, which has been lost or stolen, illegally manufactured firearms, registered firearms in the possession of an individual other than the licensee, and those with revoked licenses in accordance with the rules and regulations. (Joseph Manzano, RPN DZBS Baguio OIC with reports from PROCOR PIO)