Sur­ren­der un­li­censed guns, public urged

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - (PNA)

BAGUIO CITY -- Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) head, Di­rec­tor Guillermo Eleazar on Satur­day called on own­ers of firearms that ei­ther un­li­censed or whose li­censes have yet to be re­newed to vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­der these to the po­lice.

“For safe­keep­ing (un­li­censed firearms) and we will help them to re­new their li­cense and we urged them if they have guns has ex­pired or un­li­censed, they just have to co­or­di­nate with the near­est sta­tion and we will go to their place to re­cov­er­for tem­po­rary safe­keep­ing. Wala pong kaso, hindi natin sila kaka­suhan o aarestuhin ng may hawak ng baril (There will be no charges filed. We will not charge or ar­rest them),” he told re­porters at the side­lines PMA an­nual home­com­ing held at Fort Del Pi­lar in Baguio City.

The move is in line with the PNP's cam­paign against loose firearms to se­cure this year's midterm elec­tions.

Eleazar also re­it­er­ated his in­struc­tions to in­ten­sify “Oplan Ka­tok” op­er­a­tions “to show the peo­ple that they are "dead se­ri­ous” in the cam­paign to rid so­ci­ety of il­le­gal firearms and in­stru­ments of crime.

He also noted that the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the 17 ci­ties and the lone mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Metro Manila re­mains man­age­able.

“We con­tinue to talk to can­di­dates and to their sup­port­ers to help us in our cam­paign against elec­toral vi­o­lence,” he said.

The NCRPO has also in­creased the fre­quency of check­points in the me­trop­o­lis to help de­ter crim­i­nals in ex­e­cut­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties and or­dered field com­man­ders to ob­serve the proper pro­ce­dures in their op­er­a­tions.

He said the public may re­port dis­cour­te­ous and abu­sive po­lice per­son­nel to the near­est po­lice sta­tion or at the NCRPO.

5 Metro ci­ties tagged as elec­tion 'hotspots'

Eleazar, mean­while, clar­i­fied that the ci­ties of Caloocan, Mal­abon, Man­daluy­ong, Manila and Pasay, were only clas­si­fied as "ar­eas of con­cern", be­cause of sus­pected elec­tion-re­lated in­ci­dents in the past.

“We are mak­ing it clear that the cat­e­gories of ar­eas are yel­low, or­ange, red and green. But green means you are not a hotspot. Green means elec­tion ar­eas of no se­cu­rity con­cern. Yel­low means elec­tion ar­eas of con­cern. Or­ange means elec­tion ar­eas of im­me­di­ate con­cern. Red means elec­tion ar­eas of grave con­cern. But just the same, they were all ter­mi­nol­ogy at la­belling but what we call ar­eas of con­cern, this is the low­est cat­e­gory of elec­tion hotspots," the NCRPO chief said.

How­ever, Eleazar as­sured that the PNP and other con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies are ex­ert­ing all ef­forts to en­sure peace­ful and or­derly elec­tions in May.

The cam­paign pe­riod for sen­a­to­rial bets and party-list groups started on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Mean­while, the cam­paign pe­riod for lo­cal can­di­dates, such as gov­er­nors, may­ors, vice may­ors and mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, be­gins on March 29.

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