526 loose firearms confiscated thru PNP street inspections
Philippine National Police Chief, Police General Dionardo Carlos personally witnessed on Wednesday, January 26, the turnover of 526 pieces of confiscated firearms through the relentless street inspections conducted by the Civil Security Group – Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) from January 1 to 20.
“Kudos to the CSG and SOSIA hierarchies for these achievements which are in tune to my directives, for all PNP Personnel to do what is expected of them, and that is to do what is right,” Carlos said as he congratulates the deputized personnel for a job well done despite the prevalence of the pandemic threat.
The said firearms, of various caliber, were confiscated for justifiable grounds such as failure to present a valid permit or license to own and possess a firearm. It could also come from security personnel who presented an expired Duty Detail Order (DDO) or could be the lack of it.
Likewise, some firearms were tampered with, defaced, and/or with duplicated serial numbers.
“This comes with a penalty. The law which governs the security industry, RA 5487, as amended and it’s 2003 Revised IRR directs that the penalty to firearms violations are graded as “Grave Offenses” and entails a P50,000 fine for the first offense and cancellation/revocation of License to Operate for the Private Security Service Providers for the second offense,” Carlos said.
The PNP directs all Private Security Stakeholders to take heed of the rules and regulations of the security industry and update themselves with the latest SOSIA Memorandum-Advisories to avoid violating the provisions. The PNP, in coordination with other agencies, will conduct necessary police operations to protect all vital installations economic key points, and other places of convergence.