A total of 519 firearms have been placed under the guardianship of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 after a heightened security operation and implementation of the election gun ban for the May 2019 polls.
Based on the data report of PRO 11, 365 out of the 519 firearms were for safekeeping, 99 surrendered, 50 were placed under the custody of the agency and five were confiscated during the nationwide implementation of gun ban which was effective from January 13 to present.
The said 519 firearms are composed of 330 low power firearms (LPF) and 189 high power firearms (HPF).
Aside from that, a total of 1,248 ammunitions, two magazines, and four pieces of materials for making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were also under the custody of PRO 11.
This accomplishment was a joint effort of PRO 11’s clusters that includes the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Davao Occidental Provincial Police Office (DOCPPO), Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSPPO), Compostela Valley Provincial Police Office (CVPPO), Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO) and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB).
Meanwhile, PRO 11 regional director BGen Marcelo Morales, on Monday, April 15, said all confiscated and yielded firearms were properly endorsed to the PNP Regional and Provincial Crime Laboratory for ballistic examination.
Morales, however, said the agency is fine-tuning all coordination, security plans and preparations to proactively respond to the mission at hand to provide security for the 2019 elections slated May 13.
“We, in the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Commission on Elections (COMELEC), still on a continuous lengthy discussion on the different electoral process that will take place this May,” Morales said, as they aim a peaceful, orderly and fair elections.
PRO 11’s continuous effort against loose and undocumented firearms, Morales said, is in accordance with Republic Act 10591 and nationwide Gun Ban imposed by the COMELEC that was effective starting January 13.
Morales also said that these conducted security operations is in line with the 8-point SIDEPLAN of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde.
SIDEPLAN is an abbreviation for (S)trict implementation of gun ban, (I)ntensified focus law enforcement operations, (D)ismantling of private armed groups, (E)arly preparation of security and contingency plans,
(P)rovide security to vulnerable candidates, (L)imted reshuffle of PNP presonnel, (A)ccounting of loose firearms and (N)eutralization of gun for hire criminal groups.