PNP mulls aggressive steps to find all loose guns


Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. holding a “Bin Laden” firecracker that is illegal. Cerbo warned against the sale and use of such powerful explosives. MATIKAS SANTOS/ FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–As authorities probe the whys and hows of the mass shooting in Kawit, Cavite, the Philippine National Police intends to take more aggressive steps to account for all loose firearms in the country, including 25,000 belonging to criminal elements.

There are an estimated 1.2 million registered firearms in the country, and another 600,000 that are unlicensed, based on records of the PNP’s firearms and explosives office.

But PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the police force was most concerned about the estimated 25,000 guns currently in the possession of crime syndicates, “threat groups” and individuals with a criminal history.

The .45 cal. 1911 pistol used by Ronald Bae, the gunman who shot and killed eight of his neighbors before he was gunned down by responding policemen in a Kawit village on Friday, was a loose firearm.

Cerbo said the 148,000-strong PNP would be more proactive in going after the unlicensed guns, including those whose registration was not renewed.

The PNP’s “Oplan Katok” is one such measure, in which authorities knock on the doors of gun owners who fail to renew their gun license.

Checkpoints are another way to locate and confiscate loose firearms, he said.

“We have to go after them more aggressively. We need to continue pressing charges and filing for search warrants,” Cerbo said.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima has ordered a full-blown investigation into the Kawit case, according to Cerbo.

“He wants to know all the dysfunctions that occurred. Why did this man own a gun? Is it true that this man was into drugs? Was it true that he had a history of being violent? Why were the Cavite slow to respond?” he said.

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  • $53950194

    Sana naman hindi maging ningas-kugon itong drive nyo.  These days might be the priority of the PNP helm to solve Nicole’s tragedy and may not be tomorrows.  I hope our policemen will find time to reflect to themselves to do their job honestly AND competently.  Traditional practices is not acceptable.  You should be guided by your policies & procedures manual.  Kahit sino pang umupo dyan dinhi yan nagbabago.  You have sworn for your duty and reponsibility and not a liability to the government and to the public.

  • sepultorero

    Just do it and stop grandstanding in the media… And by the way, the PNP could have prevented all these from happening had it been more pro-active and not reactive. The PNP officials are doing all these now because they are trying to cover up their ineptness, lack of leadership and lack of professionalism. Grow up boys because you are being paid by the taxpayers’ money. You are working for us and we want our money’s worth.

  • Ommm

    Finally the police get off their but ts after much high profile bad press..

    Truth is the laws are there but our police have failed to enforce those laws…now they  vow to put their foot down ( at least until the outrage dies down),

    The laws are not the problem, our inept police force is. Their only job is to catch bad guys yet they don’t seem to be able to accomplish their sole mission.

    Without a capable police force we are in the state of anarchy, and that reality is seeming more real every day with every gunshot fired.

  • symonwho

    We should have more “feet in the streets” of policemen with the ability to randomly accost and search persons like what mere security guards do in malls, hotels etc. Police on patrol with radios can respond faster.

    Increasing the number of police on foot patrol may require hiring and training more but PNP should also recall policement assigned as security for all politicians and reduce police personnel in HQ and admin jobs. In some areas, they can be paired with barangay tanods to increase vsibility and presence.

    Using technology,  improved citizen reporting and dispatching to the feet on the streets will establish trust by citizens of their police and create synergy of cooperation.

  • Mamang Pulis

    All for show—

    oplan katok??

    a boy  bawang roxas  strategy they cannot even implement in MILF/MNLF/ABU SAYAF/NPA  areas.

    they will swoop down on people whose licenses are not renewed

    ok—why not go all the way???

    MGA INUTIL!!!!—–puro papogi —

    Sa Baas/ Parang Basak / Unkaya Pukan, Basilan–harapan na sa militar at PNP ang armado



    hindi kayo maka porma na ibaba yun bitbit nila..

    Boy Bawang Roxas!!!

    — dito kayo gumalugad ng huli—-hindi sa Bulacan fireworks factory lang ang kaya mo!!!!

  • Eric

    Search the blog post ” the riddle of the gun” by Sam Harris. Baka may mapulot kayong tips sa problema nyo.

    Pag wala na raw baril, itak at kutsilyo Lang ang kapalit. Pag sira na ang ulo, maghahanap ng paraan yan. Di malayong may mass killer na bus ang gamit at gawing bowling pins ang mga nagaabang sa EDSA.

    Matino at masipag na kapulisan ang katapat…..kaso…..nangangamoy pulbura pa ang iba na nagpaputok ng contrabandong fireworks sa kanilang bahay bahay…..

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Unahin niyo muna mga kapulisan baka sakali yung 500,000 ay mahigit kalahati ang mabawas at yung kalahati ay nasa mga pulitiko may private army!

    • Guest

      Dapat magkaroon ng strict gun control. Kaso di papayag si Sec. Roxas, marami kasing mga kaibigan yan na nagbebenta ng baril.

  • nti_boohaya

    Just do it!  If you can do a gun ban on election period, why can’t you do it any other time.  Give exceptions to those going to and coming from the range.  Like the poster below said, unahin muna ninyo ang kapulisan at private armies dahil marami ng balita sa pahayagan na marami sa kanila na nasasangkot sa, quoting from the above report, “crime syndicates, “threat groups” and individuals with a criminal history.” 

  • Fred

    Kung hindi pa sa masaker, wala kayong gagawin sa loose firearms?

  • disqusted0fu

    This administration is always quick in words but late in action! 

  • Guest

    It’s just the start of the year 2013 and yet tumaas agad ang crimes sa bansa. Paging DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

  • Guest

    Di sisibakin ni Sec. Roxas yan si FEO chief supt. Raul Petrasanta kasi bata niya yan, siya ang
    naglagay sa puwestong yan.

  • Guest

    Nakakatakot ang dami ng loose firearms ngayon. Kaya magiging magulo ang elections sa Mayo. Sec. Roxas ready ka na ba?

    • Guest

      Ano ka ba naman…si Sec. Roxas nga ang mamumuno ng kaguluhan sa Mayo 2013 elections…Hehehe joke lang.

  • Thirdy Delapaz

    Nangako pa si Sec. Roxas before na he will go after loose firearms. Puro pangako lang naman siya.

  • Guest

    Ang balita ko, di pwedeng masibak yung si Gen. Melad dahil bata raw yang ni DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. Kaya naman pala.

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