By Martin Sadongdong
Radio personality Erwin Tulfo has expressed willingness to yield his firearms after the Philippine National Police (PNP) ordered for its recall, a police spokesperson revealed Saturday.
Police Colonel Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, was positive Tulfo will adhere to the order of the PNP-Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to submit his guns for temporary safekeeping after his License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) expired in May.
Banac shared that after the PNP-FEO sent a formal letter to Tulfo last Thursday about the recall order, his camp also coordinated with them for the renewal of his LTOPF.
“Nagpahayag na po ang kampo ni Mr. Erwin Tulfo ng kanilang intensyon ng renewal at nakahanda naman po ang Firearms and Explosives Office na umalalay sa renewal ng kanyang LTOPF (Mr. Erwin Tulfo’s camp expressed their intention for the renewal of his LTOPF and the Firearms and Explosives Office is ready to assist him),” Banac said in a radio interview.
However, as of writing, Banac said Tulfo has yet to surrender his firearms.
According to Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon, PNP-FEO director, at least seven firearms were registered under Tulfo’s name.
The PNP has not given Tulfo a deadline as to the surrender of his guns but Banac said they expect he will immediately follow the recall order.
If Tulfo fails to surrender his guns, Banac said he might be a subject of “Oplan Katok” where police will go to his house and remind him of his duty to renew his LTOPF.
If after this Tulfo still defies the PNP’s recall order, the police will be forced to apply for a search warrant before the court since his guns will already be considered loose firearms.
Tulfo may also face charges for illegal possession of firearms under the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, Banac stressed.
‘No singling out’
Meanwhile, the PNP spokesperson denied Tulfo was being singled out because of his controversial tirades against Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) Rolando Bautista.
“Hindi naman pinag-iinitan. In fact, ito po ay ginagawa sa lahat ng mga responsible gun owners sa buong bansa. Lahat po ng mga owners natin na ang kanilang lisensya ay paso na pinapadalhan po sila ng sulat at pinapaalalahanan ng kanilang responsibility for the renewal ng kanilang mga lisensya,” Banac emphasized.
(He is not being singled out. In fact, this is being done to all responsible gun owners in the country. All of the gun owners whose licenses have expired were sent with a letter reminding them of their responsibility to renew their licenses.)
However, Banac said Tulfo’s excessive rant against Bautista may have been a factor why the validity of his LTOPF was investigated which eventually led to the recall of his firearms.
“Na-highlight nga ng insidente. Nang maalala muli na kumusta pala ang lisensya at doon nakita nag-expire na rin (It was highlighted by the incident. The validity of his license was asked and that was when it was found out that it had already expired),” Banac admitted.
According to Banac, the PNP continues to remind gun owners to be aware of the validity of their gun licenses and LTOPF.