PRO12 General Santos City- Firearms owned by Local Government Unit (LGU) in Sultan Kudarat province were accounted at 399 during turn-over and accounting of LGU firearms ceremony in Camp Col. Amando M. Dumlao Sr., in the town of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018.
The Firearms were categorized as High-Powered Firearms (HPFA’s), and Low Powered Firearms (LPFA’s).
Five (5) municipalities in the said province attributed the totaled number of firearms named to them.
Municipalities of Columbio turned-over Eight (8) LPFAs all expired licenses; Esperanza with 25 (Four (4) HPFAs and 21 HPFAs); Isulan with 20 LPFAs all expired licenses; Lambayong with 129 HPFAs; President Quirino with 56 (51 HPFAs and 5 LPFAs); and Tacurong City with 161 LPFAs.
PCSupt Marcelo C Morales, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 12 (PRO 12) received the firearms from the Local Chief Executives and or their representatives during the ceremony.
Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office (SKPPO) serves as the repository of all accounted firearms. It will also apply for the renewal of expired FA’s licenses and will facilitate the acquisition of License-To-Own-Firearms (LTOF) for gun holders.
“PRO12 will do the accounting report which will be submitted to the Higher Headquarters, and we will issue receipt or certification to Local Chief Executives of municipalities as a guarantee that their FA’s are still under our care” said PCSupt Morales.
PCSupt Morales said, “It is clarified that the surrender of FA’s is not made in a single time but by batches, and on the issue whether or not it hampers the progress of Peace and Order in certain municipality because they have their FA’s surrendered to us and the possibility that anytime they will be attacked by enemies is not tantamount to say we are not performing our duties and responsibilities, In fact the level of threats is decreasing due to our tightened security and target hardening measures.
“The coordination between 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 region to conduct drills to address issue on Peace and Order.” PCSupt Morales said.
PRO12 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.
The Local Chief Executives of Sultan Kudarat Province expressed their cooperation thru helping the PNP in Region 12 in finding loose FA’s are also very supportive to the program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The Friday turn-over of FA’s showed a big step for them towards becoming a key players in achieving lasting peace.
Hon. Joseph “Toto” Ortiz, a member of Sanguniang Panlalawigan, said that the PNP plays a great role, and without the presence of PNP he said, they in the LGU’s cannot reach out people in the far-flung areas due to security issues that might impede the local government’s economic programs for the people.
Hon. Ortiz on a statement addressed to those who illegally owned firearms and do illegal activities using it, “As much as possible, we must avoid the loose of life, because in every bullet that fired by the gun the first thing it will hit is the Relationship, that is when a family loses a member or a bread winner, second is the education of children, and third is the family’s livelihood. So better surrender those firearms to the government”
The local officials were compliant with the decrease of illegal activities involving FA’s in the province. They said that turning over their firearms is their one way of doing their individual’s primary objective which is part of their solemn oath to their constituencies and for the maintenance of peace and order.
A journalist during the press conference suggested that the government should consider replacing the turned over FA’s with a brand new since the FA’s are old and might fail to function normally. He also desire to volunteer to peace and order related programs of the government.
Intensifying their local intelligence network is one of their best options to counter insurgencies, said one of the local executives.
PCSupt Morales thanked the members and head of the LGU’s in Sultan Kudarat especially Hon. Gov. Sultan Pax S Mangudadatu, and his son Rep. Suharto Teng Mangudadatu for the invaluable support to PRO12 campaign against all types of criminality in Region 12.
The turn-over of vast number of FA’s owned by LGU’s in SK Province was the first ever event in Region 12.(PO1 Allan Navarro-RPIO 12 PNCO).