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152 loose guns yielded in Samar

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By Marie Tonette Marticio

CALBAYOG CITY – A little over 150 loose firearms in Samar were turned over the Eastern Visayas police as part of the election gun ban.

Sr. Supt. Rolando Miranda, chief of the Regional Special Op­erations Task Group revealed turnover of firearms during the Firearms Safekeeping Cara­van, Ugnayan ng Simbahan at Pulis (USAP) Solidarity Walk and Peace Covenant Signing for Secure and Fair Elections held in Calbayog Saturday.

PRO8 holds Firearms Safekeeping Caravan, Ugnayan ng Simbahan at Pulis Solidarity Walk and Peace Covenant for Secure and Fair Elections at Calbayog Sports Center, Calbayog City, Samar (MARIE TONETTE MARTICIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

PRO8 holds Firearms Safekeeping Caravan, Ugnayan ng Simbahan at Pulis Solidarity Walk and Peace Covenant for Secure and Fair Elections at Calbayog Sports Center, Calbayog City, Samar (MARIE TONETTE MARTICIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Miranda said they have notified firearms holders with expired licenses to renew or surrender their weapons.

The 152 firearms were con­fiscated at checkpoints or sur­rendered in the police’s house to house campaign, he said.

There were candidates who surrendered their firearms, in­cluding elected officials. Most of the guns were pistols, but the haul included shotguns and submachine guns.

“So far sumusunod naman sila sa panawagan natin, if they don’t surrender their firearms, then we will file a search warrant against them,” Miranda said.

The police will take tempo­rary custody of the guns and will return them to the owners once they secure the neces­sary permits.

Miranda noted the impor­tance of gun-collection cam­paign in mitigating crimes in the province.

“If these firearms are at loose, there is a possibility na magamit sa hindi maganda, with us taking temporary cus­tody, 100 percent sure hindi magagamit ‘yun. We are taking the possibility of these people to use firearms,” he said.

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