BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A total of 35 gun ban violators have been accounted by the police in Negros Occidental ever since the gun ban period took effect January 9, provincial police deputy spokesperson PLt. Abegael Donasco said.
It resulted to the recovery of 41 firearms, Donasco added.
In the same period, a total of 211 more firearms have been either surrendered or deposited for safekeeping due to expiration of licenses, according to PLt. Abegael Donasco, NOCPPO deputy spokesperson.
Donasco also reported that many Negrenses also availed of the “Baylo Bugas, Baylo Armas” initiated by the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company and replicated by the 2nd PMFC, that turned out to be successful.
The campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms has been intensified also by NOCPPO, in connection with the May 9 elections.
On the other hand, police chiefs in Negros Occidental have been also reminded to review their Enhanced Management Police Operations in the wake of the series of shooting incidents perpetrated and claimed by the New People’s Army.
Donasco also said that random checkpoints also served as an effective deterrent in the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms.
The carrying of firearms by licensed gun holders are being prohibited outside of their residence, unless allowed by the Comelec.*