Sep 21, 2020

Quezon steps up drive vs. illegal firearms

The Quezon police has vowed to intensify its campaign against loose firearms following a spike in shooting incidents in the town in recent months.

The Quezon police has vowed to intensify its campaign against loose firearms following a spike in shooting incidents in the town in recent months.

P/Maj. Lodell Lota, Quezon Municipal Police Station (MPS) officer-in-charge, told Palawan News they have already started their campaign when he took over as station commander on July 7. He said this was supplemented by an information campaign as mandated by the PNP regional headquarters.

“Sa pamamagitan ng info drive natin about sa mga loose firearms, kasama ito sa Oplan Katok, sa baseline na ipinadala sa atin ng Regional Headquarters about doon sa mga baril na unrenewed kasama noon nagdistribute tayo, kung sino ang mga may baril na walang lisensya,” he said.

“Ang operation natin sa loose firearms ay ipinapa-igting namin. Kung mapapansin natin, noon ‘yong mga patayan dito sa atin ay puro firearms kaya nagdo-double time kami sa mga loose firearms dito sa Quezon para mabawasan, kung hindi man matigil para mabawasan ang krimen na sangkot ang loose firearms,” Lota said.

Records of the Quezon MPS showed they have four firearms surrendered to their station, two homemade shotguns, one caliber .38, one caliber .45 with live ammunition.

Lota called on residents to cooperate with the police and surrender their firearms.

“Kung nagmamay-ari kayo ng firearms na walang lisensya kaagad na i-surrender dito sa aming himpilan, kasi once na may magsumbong sa amin, mabalitaan namin, ‘yan po ay kaagad naming aapplyan ng search warrant para mahalughog at makuha sa pag-aari ninyo ang baril na walang lisensya at ‘yan ay labag sa batas,” Lota said.

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