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Oplan Katok nets 452 firearms in MisOcc

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, – Police door-to-door campaign against loose firearms and explosives resulted in the surrender of 299 short weapons, 103 juridical and 50 improvised firearms in the province of Misamis Occidental covering the calendar year 2018 up to the present.

 The Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office (MOCPPO) intensified its campaign in response to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to address the worsening problem of illegal drugs, loose firearms and other forms of criminality.

 In his presentation on “Oplan Katok,” MOCPPO acting provincial director Police Colonel Danilo Tumanda said a total of 128 firearms were surrendered for the first quarter 2019 alone.

 Of the 452 firearms now kept safe in the police vaults, Tumanda said 16 of which were surrendered by political aspirants.

Stepping up its implementation of Oplan Katok, uniformed personnel of MOCPPO goes to the house of gun owners with expired licenses or unlicensed firearms. The police officers will then knock on their houses and remind them to get or renew their permits.

 Tumanda also said gun owners will have to temporarily surrender their firearms to the police for safekeeping while in the process of securing papers for the firearms.

 With the 2019 Mid-term elections looming and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) poised to fully implement the gun ban with the law enforcers, loose firearms in the hands of criminal elements or simply kept at home are hot temptations for abuse, Tumanda said.

 He also said the storage rooms for the confiscated firearms are under close surveillance 24/7.

 Since the start of the campaign period and implementation of Comelec Gun Bun last January 13, 2019, MOCPPO and its line units have issued warnings to gun owners to surrender their firearms to nearest police stations pending their application of License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF).

Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 director Police Brigadier General Timoteo G Pacleb highlighted the accomplishments of PPO to ensure the safety of the midterm elections.

 He said the accomplishments of each police station in the campaign against loose firearms is included in the evaluation of chiefs of police.

“Coordination between Philippine National Police (PNP) and the community is improved, and as part of our preparedness for any eventualities, we are taking as a “lesson learned” what happened in Marawi City. I also required all PNP units in the whole region to address the issue on peace and order for this coming elections,” Pacleb said.

 He said this Oplan tries to remind the public, especially gun owners of the true meaning of responsible gun ownership. If you are a legitimate owner of a firearm, you have to register it and renew the license before or when it expires.

 Pacleb appreciated the owners’ decision to surrender their units as such will prevent them from being sued of illegal possession of firearms.

 “We can conduct a raid on their premises para ma confiscate yung fire arms nila na expired na yung registration. Kukuha kami ng search warrant sa court and then ire raid namin yung premises nila kasi mayroon kaming database o listahan,” he said.

 The firearms were categorized as high-powered firearms (HPFA’s), and low-powered firearms (LPFA’s).

 MOCPPO has been intensifying the Oplan Katok as part of law enforcement operation against loose FA’s where police officers visit houses of residents with expired gun licenses and those suspected to have unlicensed guns. 

 This is anchored under Republic Act 10591. Gun owner’s license is required to be renewed every two years while firearm registration’s renewal is every four years. (smrn/ PIA-10)

 

 

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