Kawit gunman had stash of high-powered firearms—PNP

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Children play Saturday Jan. 5, 2013, at a neighborhood where a gunman later identified as Ronald Bae went on a shooting rampage on Friday, in Kawit, Cavite province. The drug-crazed Bae who killed eight people and wounded 12 others owned two powerful assault rifles and a handgun, an official of the Philippine National Police said on Sunday. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

MANILA, Philippines—The drug-crazed man who killed eight people and wounded 12 others in a shooting spree in Kawit, Cavite, last Friday owned two powerful assault rifles and a handgun, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Sunday.

Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, chief of the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), said Ronald Bae was able to secure gun licenses for an AK-47 assault rifle, a 5.56-mm-cal. M16 Elisco rifle and a .45-cal. Sig Sauer pistol from the FEO in 2007.

At the time, he said then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued an executive order granting amnesty to all holders of loose firearms.

Like other owners of unlicensed guns, Petrasanta said Bae was not required to provide information regarding the source of his guns and why he wanted to keep such high-powered firearms.

“It appears that Bae was able to register his firearms with no questions asked,” Petrasanta told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone.

“His guns were not subjected to ballistics test like we do now. The executive order was issued to encourage all owners of loose firearms to have their guns registered with the FEO,” the PNP official added.

Petrasanta said the 1911 .45-cal. pistol that Bae used in his killing rampage was a loose firearm, which meant that the gun was never registered with the FEO.

He said it was up to police investigators to determine how Bae, who was killed when he purportedly traded shots with responding policemen, got hold of the unlicensed gun.

Petrasanta also disclosed that the slain shooter’s wife, Maria Elena, had told police investigators that his husband’s firearms were confiscated by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who raided their house in Kawit in 2009.

However, he said PDEA did not inform the FEO that it had seized three firearms from Bae during its anti-illegal drug operations.

“That’s why we will remind other law-enforcement agencies to report to us whenever they seize guns during their operations,” Petrasanta said, stressing that FEO was the only authorized depository of all confiscated firearms.

“This would also help us monitor which guns were used in crime-related activities so that we can immediately revoke the gun licenses issued to the persons who owned the recovered guns,” he aexplained.

Petrasanta said the FEO had sought the assistance of the local police and Maria Elena to check if Bae also kept unlicensed guns in his house in Guagua, Pampanga.

Petrasanta also supported moves seeking to enact laws that would impose stricter gun-control measures and harsher punishment to violators.

He lamented that the present policies on gun ownership allowed individuals to regain firearms permits even if their previous licenses had been revoked.

“In fact, the PNP is very supportive of a pending bill in the Congress which would introduce stricter penalties to those who violate laws regarding gun ownership,” he said. “It’s better to have stricter gun-control measures. If you ask me, I would also like to issue permanent revocation to gun licenses that had been voided before due to crime-related incidents. Because right now, gun holders whose permits had been revoked can still ask for a second chance (to own guns).”

He, however, admitted that it would be difficult to push for a total gun ban in the country, noting that the local gun manufacturing was already a multibillion-peso industry.

At present, Petrasanta said there are 63 companies involved in gun and ammunition production, and ammunition reloading business.

He said some of these companies had been exporting firearms and ammunitions.

Besides tougher gun-control laws, Petrasanta said the bloody shooting incident in Kawit must also prompt policemen to respond to citizen’s call swiftly.

Earlier media reports said that members of the Kawit police station arrived rather belatedly after a resident informed them about Bae’s shooting rampage.

“No amount of legislation can stop this kind of violence if the policemen cannot act immediately on the information given to them by the people,” Petrasanta said.

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  • Sugbuanon86

    Ano na pala ang nangyari sa AK-47 ni Llamas?

    • beerhunters

      delivered to the NPA in bicol!

    • Carlos_Iho

      pinaglalaruan siguro ng amo nya na mahilig din

      • Sugbuanon86

        amo niyang mahilig sa ano?

        sa oten?

      • D_BystandeR

        Masyadong garapal ang mga sinabi mo. Mahiya ka naman sa sinabi mo. Ang lahat sinabi mo ay maraming tao ang makabasa. You’re a shame to your assumed name, people like “Sugboanon” have the delicadiza, not like what you’re doing. Shame on you!

  • doncleo

    Bakit ba binibigyan ng lisensya sa baril ang kilalang addict at pusher?

  • Ommm

    ” Drug-crazed man”…??

    Has the autopsy and drug test results even been published yet?

    Perhaps we just look for some logical reason for this insanity …..

  • joerizal

    Kilala natin yung namaril. Pero hindi natin kilala yung mga kawawang pinatay. Wala nang balanced journalism na pina-praktis ang mga news org ngayon :-(

  • $18209031

    So ang mga baril nya ay

    AK 47
    M16  by Elisco
    Sig Sauer 1911 pistol

    Ilan  bang mga bala ang narecover sa bahay ? Malamang may granada pa yan. Ex mlitary itong ganggung Mr Bae. Sinong mga kaibigan nya ang dapat imbestigahan.

  • $14170612

    barilin ang maliit at maitim na maligno

  • LucianoChing

    You can get a PTCFOR for 7-10k ,non-appearance, and this practice is very dangerous since no actual psychiatric test is conducted on the individual given the permit to carry firearms outside residence…It is an open secret at FEO that some PNP personnels are on the take for many years now..And still ongoing at present….
    The scent of money makes lots of people sleep on their jobs….

  • Loggnat

    Here’s an idea….. All gun owners should be mandated to be a member of a Sportsman (Rod and Gun) Club. This clubs should be licensed and bonded by the government and run by competent, and highly trained law enforcement and/or military members either active , honorably discharged and/or retired. Firearms and ammunition will be available for purchase in the club for members. Firearms will be sold to members after thorough evaluation and with all the buyer’s personal information and security clearance required plus a mandated waiting period of 7 days or more. The firearms will be mandated to be tested for ballistics before it is sold to the member and/or all of member’s firearms will also be mandated to have ballistics done as a requirement for joining the club. Keeping track of the currency of firearm ownership and carry permits, sale or any change of ownership of the members firearm will be tracked and managed by the club. These information will then be submitted to FEO who will be the central repository of all firearm information and its owner. The Firearms and Explosive Office (FEO) will authorize these clubs to legally file for firearm permit registration and renewal for their members. All important and pertinent information on the firearm and their owner will be submitted and/or be readily available to the law enforcement organizations during investigation of a crime involving member/s of the club. Instead of the FEO checking and running after law abiding and legal individual owners of firearms, they can track more gun owners with just coordinating and cooperating with this gun clubs and focus more on illegal gun owners who uses them in criminal activities. Maybe it will invigorate the firearm industry, provide more job opportunity, and provide better education in the proper and safe handling of firearms to the owners in the Philippines.

  • hedrianvic

    I do not have the statistics, but it is likely that loose firearms kill more people than the registered and licensed ones.

    The practice of our police authority, whenever an incident happens that involves guns, the usual and uneducated recommendation is “Gun Ban” agad-agad. Wala na ba silang maisip na magandang rason or recommendation man lang?

    When a celfon was used as a trriggering device of a bomb, gusto nila higpitan ang pagbili at pag-gamit ng celfon at SIM card na kailangan irehistro pa daw. Ganoon na ba ka Bobo or ka unimaginative ang ating mga Police?

    Trying to trace the location and ownership of an unregistered gun is near impossible. Making ownership and registration more difficult will only increase the count of loose firearms .

    Or tamad lng talaga!!!

  • tra6Gpeche

    It is impossible for the PNP not to know that the Cavite
    gunman had stashed of powered firearms. Even the “taho” vendor said
    he saw some guns in the house of Bae while selling “taho” to him. In
    any town in the Philippines,
    there is no secret whatsoever. The Mayor of Kawit, the PNP and the town officials are
    either afraid of this “siga-siga” or receiving dirty money by looking
    the other way. Otherwise, they should have asked for a search warrant to
    confiscate these illegal weapons. That senseless crime should have never happened.

  • Jason Cruz

    Bulok talaga ang kapulisan.    Ang daming loose fire arms.   It’s really dangerous to live here in the Philippines.   Wala ng pagbabago.

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