By Aaron Recuenco
Brig. Gen. Val de Leon, director of the Central Visayas regional police, has ordered all police commanders to intensify the accounting of loose firearms as part of the anti-criminality strategy in the region.
“We need to use the proper strategy to recover loose firearms without having to lose life,” said de Leon.
The official was apparently buoyed with the success of the Cebu City police’s launching of ‘Oplan Lancer’ which resulted in the recovery of more than 20 high-powered firearms and handguns.
The Cebu City Mobile Force Company has earlier launched an aggressive information and dissemination campaign against loose firearms in at least eight hinterland barangays in the city.
The recovered firearms include 1 Garand rifle; 1 US Cal .30 M1 assault carbine; 2 Cal .22 Rifles; 1 improvised shotgun; 3 9mm Sub-Machine Guns (Ingram); 1 9mm Sub-Machine Gun (KG9 Intratec); 2 Cal .45 Pistol (Single stock); 1 5.56 revolver (frontier); 3 .357 revolver pistol; 5 cal .38 revolver; 2 cal .22 magnum revolver; 1 cal .22 revolver (black widow); and 1 MK2 hand grenade.
The recovered firearms came from the villages of Guba, Agsungot, Mabini, Paril, Lusaran, Cambinocot, Sinsin, and Sudlon I.
These recovered firearms were voluntarily surrendered as a proactive measure to account all loose firearms that are considered illegal,” said de Leon who is the former chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO).
De Leon said there is a need to account all loose guns since they are the main instruments in the commission of crime in both the urban and rural areas.
Based on the past data of the Philippine National Police, around 90 percent of crimes committed were done with the use of loose firearms. This is the reason why aggressive campaigns to account loose guns were done in the past.
“By accounting all these loose firearms, we also deny criminal elements of their main instruments to commit crimes and victimize the people,” said de Leon.