BWI sheet!!! why not go after those loose firearms of criminals and police alike(wag tayo plastic: there are those with MO's and MR's which are also recycled loose firearms) PNP 'recycled' order: Get those loose firearms Posted 11:32pm (Mla time) April 15, 2005 By Luige del Puerto Inquirer News Service Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the April 16, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer AUTHORITIES are cracking down again on owners of unregistered firearms and private armed groups nationwide, apparently in reaction to the broad-daylight murder of former Pasig City Rep. Henry Lanot on Wednesday. Philippine National Police Director General Arturo Lomibao announced yesterday in a statement that field commanders had been directed to immediately "intensify the campaign against loose firearms and the dismantling and arrest of private armed groups, unauthorized bodyguards and armed goons." President Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the PNP on Thursday to "come up with a special order of battle for guns for hire and to check the proliferation of loose firearms that allow these heinous killings to be planned and executed." But ban-the-gun crusader Nandy Pacheco described the move as palliative and recycled. "This is an old song," Pacheco said. "They do that every time something like this (Lanot's murder) happens. We are just being fooled." Some 800,000 guns are registered in the country, the Inquirer said in an earlier report, quoting PNP records in 2004. But the number of unlicensed firearms has grown. As of the end of 2004, there were 149,501 unregistered firearms nationwide, with the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao accounting for 50,000, the biggest number, according to records of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Division (FED). Lomibao ordered policemen to descend on such public places as night spots to confiscate guns and set up "round-the-clock checkpoints" and visibility patrols in populated areas. He also instructed the Directorate for Intelligence and the FED to prepare, respectively, "an updated watch list of suspected holders of loose firearms" and a list of gun holders with unrenewed licenses. Like what has been done in Abra province, Lomibao ordered regional directors to report mayors or governors who had abused their authority to control and supervise policemen. He also told the Police Security and Protection Office and other units to immediately recall PNP personnel serving as security to "individuals not covered by existing regulations." FED chief Senior Supt. Arturo Cacdac told the Inquirer on the phone: "We will comply. We will have the list in a few days." Toy guns Even toy guns will no longer be allowed, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said in an interview with dzRH radio, quoting reports that some criminals had resorted to using replicas. "We want to put a stop to the proliferation of toy guns, which is why the President has given a strong order to the PNP and the Armed Forces," he said. Ermita said the government had yet to decide whether to extend the amnesty granted to owners of unregistered firearms-a reference to Ms Arroyo's executive order on Dec. 13, 2004, which said the amnesty period would last until Sept. 30. He said Malacañang would wait for the recommendation of the National Police Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Governments. Ermita said the government also wanted to plug the entry points of smuggled firearms and ammunition. "As long as the smuggling of firearms and ammunition continues unabated, the crime rate will go up, or there might even be moves to destabilize the government," he said. He also said a total shake-up of police forces in all regions would be enforced. "We have made an example of Abra, where the entire police force from the provincial director to the police chief has been replaced because of lawlessness arising from ... policemen acting as a private army of some mayors," Ermita said. "A revamp will be implemented in areas where there is a breakdown in peace and order," he said. Interior Secretary Angelo Reyes sacked the 529-strong Abra police force on Tuesday, saying it had failed to enforce laws and keep the peace in the province. Culture overhaul Pacheco said nothing short of a total overhaul of culture would stop the current wave of killings with journalists, militant activists and now politicians as targets. For starters, he said, a law enforcing a strict gun ban in public places should immediately be passed. He said this would mean that only uniformed soldiers and policemen on duty would be allowed to carry firearms in public. "This way, you do not have to wait for someone to shoot somebody [before enforcing a gun ban]," Pacheco said. The sale and display of firearms in stores should also stop, he said, citing the case of a gun store in San Juan that supposedly blatantly advertised the sale of long firearms. Pacheco said all guns seized should be destroyed in public view, and tinted windows should not be allowed in vehicles. But this change has to start from the top, with the President and lawmakers leading the country toward a "culture of life," Pacheco said. No more displays Lomibao has in fact also banned the display of high-powered firearms and other military weapons in gun stores and shows nationwide. In a memorandum to the FED and Civil Security Group, a copy of which was shown to the Inquirer, Lomibao said it was "understood" that imported high-powered firearms were only for "qualified end users, like the military, police and other law enforcement [agents]." Shooting competitions must exclude the category of high-powered firearms, per Lomibao's directive. This means that owners of long firearms can no longer carry these to a competition, or even take these outside their homes without a permit to carry (PTC) issued only by the PNP chief. "And I don't think the PNP chief will issue a PTC [for long firearms]," Cacdac said. The reason is simple, said PNP Deputy Director General Oscar de Leon, deputy chief for operations, who had recommended the issuance of Lomibao's memorandum. Civilians "should only have shotguns," De Leon said. "We don't want other areas in the country to be like Abra." Special authority Cacdac said displaying high-powered firearms had traditionally been banned. But on some occasions, as in the gun show at the SM Megamall last year, the firearms industry was given "special authority" to display assault rifles. "But now, we will stop that too," Cacdac said. Certain persons have been allowed to register high-powered firearms under the PNP's amnesty program. Once licensed, they can bring the guns outside their homes with the issuance of a permit to transport (PTT). "A PTT is very specific, issued so a gun owner can carry his gun to a competition," Cacdac said. Banned firearms The other time a PTT is issued is when a long firearm is brought to the PNP headquarters to be licensed. De Leon had this message to the firearms industry: "Your survival must depend on short firearms, not long firearms." Long firearms banned from commercial use include M16 rifles, Bushmasters, AK47s and other weapons classified as assault rifles. With a report from Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.