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PNP Aims Sights at Loose Guns

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  1. Alexii

    Alexii Janeway Forever

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    PNP aims sight at 'loose' guns

    Updated 02:45am (Mla time) Aug 19, 2004
    By Christian Esguerra
    Inquirer News Service

    Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the August 19, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    THEY may not be economists but they have an idea or two about how to help fix the chronic national budget deficit.

    Aware that the administration is trying desperately to raise revenues, the Philippine National Police hopes to generate at least P300 million in income for the government by going after some 200,000 owners of loose or unlicensed firearms.

    The Civil Security Group (CSG), the PNP's main income-generating unit, has drawn up an elaborate program to jack up its income. At the top of the project is to have loose firearms registered.

    About 200,000 guns are considered "loose" because their legitimate owners have yet to renew their registrations, according to Senior Superintendent Arturo Cacdac, chief of the Firearms and Explosives Division (FED).

    That number is on top of the estimated figure of 320,995 loose firearms since the time of the Corazon Aquino administration, counting those in the hands of criminal gangs, "private armies" and other groups.

    Cacdac said the PNP was looking into the possibility of getting those estimated 320,995 firearms registered through an amnesty program, primarily to keep their owners from using them in criminal activities. The earlier amnesty program ended last month and raised around P11 million for the PNP, he said.

    By having the other batch of 200,000 guns registered, the PNP estimates to generate at least P300 million, assuming that each firearm is a .45-cal. pistol, said Superintendent Robert Po, FED chief for operations. Renewing the license for a .45-cal. pistol would cost P1,438 under the revised rates.

    80-20 sharing

    The rates for other firearms are -- a high powered rifle or submachine gun, P2,258; a 9-mm pistol, P1,138; a shotgun, P1,078, and a .22-cal. rifle, P1,018.

    Po said income generated by the CSG would be important for the government since a huge part of the total collection would go to the National Treasury, with only 20 percent going to the PNP for its operations.

    Last year, the PNP collected P64,591,254 from the renewal of gun licenses, including applications for permit to carry firearms outside of residences, FED records showed.

    Po said the FED would most probably not raise as much this year, considering that only P32,419,055 had been collected as of last month. That is because this year is an "odd year" since a gun license expires every two years, he said.

    Aggressive campaign

    "Actually, it's very hard to make projections because you won't know how much you'll earn in any given year," Cacdac told the Inquirer. "But our goal is to have better collections every year."

    With the government looking for just about any source for extra income, the PNP decided to aggressively pursue all gun owners with expired licenses.

    It plans to send individual letters, complete with registration forms, to each owner of the 200,000 guns with expired licenses.

    Chief Superintendent Jaime Caringal, the head of the CSG, said doing this would cost the PNP at least P2 million alone, with stamps pegged at P10 each.

    To limit the costs, Caringal decided that PNP regional and provincial offices should themselves send the letters to gun owners.

    Satellite Offices

    Next week, a gun license express renewal office will be opened in Cebu, servicing gun owners in the Visayas.

    A similar office will open in Davao next month for Mindanao gun owners.

    By putting up satellite offices in Cebu and Davao, the PNP would ease the burden on gun owners outside of Luzon, who in the past had to travel all the way to Camp Crame, the national police headquarters in Quezon City, just to have their gun licenses renewed, Cacdac said.

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    Shouldn't they be after loose firearms EVEN IF there is no money deficit?! Sometimes, we Filipinos need to be pushed to the cliff's edge before we're galvanized into action.
     
  2. mikey177

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    Is this true? Do gun owners in Visayas and Mindanao have to travel all the way to QC to renew their licenses? And the PNP wonders why there are a lot of loose firearms. Sheesh ;P
     

  3. mikey177

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    And while were on the subject of licenses and such, I'd like to share something the PNP sent to me by email. This is from their new electronic newsletter:

    On the Legality of the Gunban

    "The right to bear arms is mere statutory privilege, not a
    constitutional right. Under the Philippine law the possession of firearms requires as license from the state and cannot be considered an inalienable or absolute right. It is not a contract, property or property right protected by the due process of the Constitution. Consequently, a PTCFOR just like ordinary licenses in other regulated fields, may be revoked any time.

    It is apparent from the assailed guidelines that the basis for its
    issuance was the need for peace and order in the society. Criminals carry their weapons to hunt for their victims. They do not wait in the comfort of their homes. With the revocation of all PTCFORs, it would be difficult for criminals to roam around with their guns. On the other hand, it would be easier for the PNP to apprehend them."

    --- Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Legality of the Gunban dated
    June 09, 2004.

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    Its been more than a year since GMA issued her dreaded PTCFOR suspension order. I wonder how many of the 320,000 "loose" firearms have been brought back to the fold of law as a result of the gun ban?
     
  4. mc_oliver

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    OHMYGAD! Pumasa ba sa kindergarten ang nag rationalize nito? ;Q ;Q Seems my 2 year old daughter exhibits more sense...:(
     
  5. mikey177

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    But of course, mc_o, didn't ya know that even criminals have to apply for PTCFORs? Its the law, you know ;Q

    So much for the wisdom of the Supreme Court :(
     
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    WTF?! Pano ba nakadating yung mga gag0ng yun sa supreme court! Ano ba ibig nila sabihin? Tayo yung mga criminal? :soap: Those criminals have broken so many laws na nga, what makes them think that those elements are going to obey this law?! :soap: Those people are really bonkers! ;g ;g

    rant mode off. ;b
     
  7. Evan N. Payawal

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    Well, then maybe it should be a right, just like in the good old US of A. Come to think of it, bakit nga ba halos walang political gun lobby dito sa Pinas? The NRA in the US holds a lot of clout with US politicians who want to be reelected.
     
  8. Evan N. Payawal

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    It would be interesting to know how many of the judges of the supreme court have PTCFORs. If they do not want the common citizen to carry firearms, then NONE of them should too. They are, after all, NOT law enforcers. Besides, they can trust the PNP to keep them safe, just as the rest of us, d ba?
    Or baka naman, "what are we in power for" mentality din dun...
     
  9. mc_oliver

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    I'm guessing it also has to do with their history. Judging from the old movies I've seen ;f it seems naka integrate na sa buhay nila ang pag-gamit ng baril. Sa atin kasi kris at itak ang makaluma nating gamit. ;f hehe
     
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    So when is the next amnesty period gonna start?
     
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    if you the moolah, its still on for 6K:cool: