37 loose and un­re­newed guns sur­ren­dered in Car­car

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Er­mida Q. Mo­radas and Mark Roland A. Ro­mas, USJ-R In­tern/JBB

A to­tal of 37 loose and un­re­newed firearms were sur­ren­dered in Car­car City in the past two weeks as the city's po­lice in­ten­si­fied their cam­paign against loose firearms.

Chief In­spec­tor Randy Kor­ret, Car­car City Po­lice Sta­tion chief, said that 24 of those sur­ren­dered were loose firearms while the re­main­ing 14 were un­re­newed firearms.

The sur­ren­dered firearms in­clude .38 and .22 cal­iber re­volvers and one .22 cal­iber ri­fle al­legedly owned by the hus­band of a city of­fi­cial.

Among those who de­posited their un­re­newed firearms were four barangay of­fi­cials, two po­lice­men and one city councilor.

“May papers na­man, pero on­go­ing pa ang pag­pro­cess,” said Kor­ret.

He said that the in­ten­si­fied cam­paign against loose firearms is part of their prepa­ra­tion for the yule­tide sea­son and up­com­ing fiesta cel­e­bra­tion.

“Usu­ally kasi tu­mataas ang crime vol­ume by Novem­berDe­cem­ber based doon sa 2016 statis­tics, so ito ang gi­nawa natin to pre­vent pos­si­ble crimes. Madalas kasi ay ang gi­nagamit sa crime ay itong mga loose firearms kasi mahi­rap i-trace ng mga po­lice,” said Kor­ret.

On re­ports that there are more loose firearms in the city than are known to them, Kor­ret said they are in­ten­si­fy­ing ‘Oplan Ka­tok' oper­a­tions.

‘Oplan Ka­tok' aims to per­suade own­ers of loose firearms to sur­ren­der their guns be­fore they will be ar­rested.

Aside from in­ten­si­fy­ing “Oplan Ka­tok,” Kor­ret is also go­ing af­ter wanted per­son­al­i­ties whom he be­lieves con­trib­ute to the vol­ume of crime.

Kor­ret is hope­ful that with the num­ber of sur­ren­dered loose firearms, the vol­ume of crime in the city will lessen.

“Ipag­pat­u­loy pa din natin ang in­ten­si­fied cam­paign against loose firearms, hindi dito mag­tat­a­pos,” he said.

He also ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­fort and sup­port from the con­stituents of Car­car City in giv­ing the po­lice in­for­ma­tion and pro­vid­ing re­ports about gun own­ers of loose or un­re­newed firearms.

Mean­while in Toledo City, a barangay councilor was ar­rested for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a .45 cal­iber firearm.

Al­gerico Tanilon, 47, a councilor of Barangay Matab-ang, Toledo City, was ar­rested by virtue of a search war­rant is­sued against him fol­low­ing at least a week of close mon­i­tor­ing by the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group-7, in close co­or­di­na­tion with Toledo City po­lice.

Jenevie Tanilon, daugh­ter of Tanilon, said that her fa­ther's guns are only for pro­tec­tion.

"He only uses it for self­de­fense and he doesn't dis­play it in pub­lic," she said.

Aside from the .45 cal­i­bre firearm, po­lice also found bul­lets and other gun para­pher­na­lia in Tanilon's home.

Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Chuck Baran­dog, head of the team who served the search war­rant said that Tanilon is in po­lice cus­tody while the firearm is al­ready in CIDG's cus­tody for bal­lis­tic ex­am­i­na­tion.

The op­er­a­tion is in line with the Philip­pine National Po­lice's cam­paign on re­spon­si­ble use of firearms, Oplan Paglalansag Omega.

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Car­car City Mayor Ni­cepuro “Nice” Apura ex­am­ines some of the guns sur­ren­dered to Car­car City po­lice in their ef­forts against loose firearms and guns with un­re­newed li­censes.

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