By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed Friday it has ordered the recall of all guns of radio personality Erwin Tulfo after it was found out that his License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) has already expired.
Police Colonel Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said the Firearms and Explosive Office (PNP-FEO) of the Civil Security Group (CSG) sent a formal letter to Tulfo on Thursday, June 6, to inform him of the decision.
“The PNP has ordered for the recall or temporary safekeeping of the firearms of Mr. Erwin Tulfo in as much as the License to Own and Possess Firearms of Mr. Tulfo has already expired,” he said.
Banac clarified that only Tulfo’s LTOPF has expired. He said the radio personality’s gun license remains valid.
“If the LTOPF is expired, there is no more authority or reason for an individual to own or keep firearms even if the [gun] licenses are still valid. They need to be surrendered for temporary safekeeping,” he explained.
Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon, FEO director, said seven firearms were registered under Tulfo’s name.
Banac said Tulfo could take back his guns once he renews his LTOPF.
Banac did not note what type or how many guns Tulfo would need to surrender, but he said the radio personality can take back his guns once he renews his LTOPF.
He said Tulfo could submit his application for the renewal of his LTOPF after the election gun ban and election period on June 12.
“If he would apply for a renewal, he would have to go through the normal process like the neuro-psychiatric test, drug test, etc.,” Banac said.
Tulfo can either surrender his firearms to the nearest local police station in his area of residence or directly to the PNP-FEO at Camp Crame, Banac said.
Should Tulfo fail to surrender his guns, the PNP spokesperson said they will be forced to seek for a search warrant to be issued against him.
Only Tulfo was covered by the firearms recall order since Banac said his other siblings’ LTOPF were still valid.
Prior to this, the PNP had recalled Tulfo and his siblings’ police security detail earlier this week.
This, after Tulfo was embroiled in a controversy following his public humiliation of Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) Rolando Bautista, who declined a live radio interview with the broadcaster.
Police General Oscar Albayalde, PNP Chief, had admitted that Tulfo berating Bautista was a factor in the recall of his police security detail.
Tulfo has since made two public apologies to Bautista.