By Dexter A. See
Camp Dangwa, Benguet—Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police head, said at least 40 unlicensed firearms have been seized and dozens of suspects have been arrested in the continuing campaign against private armed groups.
“For the past three weeks, our law enforcers were able to confiscate an average of two unlicensed firearms daily in the different parts of the province where mobile and fixed checkpoints are established,” he told the Manila Standard, noting that 21 mobile checkpoints augmented fixed locations.
Senior Supt. Roberto Quinto Soriano, deputy regional director for administration and officer-in-charge of the Abra police, said he has been tasked to account for at least 800 declared loose firearms and around 1,800 firearms with unrenewed licenses in preparation of next year’s elections.
“More than 35 percent of the individuals who were already visited by our policemen and barangay officials already complied by renewing the licenses of their firearms while the rest are yet to follow,” he said.
He said the peacekeeping campaign is meant to keep Abra from being declared a hotspot to fall under the control of the Commission on Elections wherein 14 other critical places have been listed by the Department of Interior and Local Government.