The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, its “Oplan Katok” in Oriental Mindoro recovered 398 loose firearms.
“Oplan Katok” is a door-to-door visit of police to check if a firearm holder has properly renewed his or her firearm license and registration.
Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Christopher Birung said 115 of the recovered loose firearms are high-powered. These were recovered from politicians and businessmen in the province.
Birung lauded the individuals who surrendered their unlicensed firearms.
“They did the right thing because they could have violated Republic Act 10591 if they still possess those firearms with expired licenses. They will be considered in possession of firearms illegally and they can be sued of illegal possession of firearms,” Birung said.
Birung said the owners can claim their firearms when they completed the required documents and ownership license.
Police records show there are more than 4,000 individuals who are in possession of firearms in the province of Oriental Mindoro.
Firearms with license that are not renewed before or within the date of expiry is considered illegal.
Firearms holders were reminded to secure the necessary license. If not, they should turn it over to PNP.