Aquino wants strict gun control not ban




MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III says he wants tighter control of firearms but opposes a total gun ban in the country following recent shootings including a rampage by a gunman who killed seven people.

Aquino told reporters Wednesday that a total gun ban would make “a nice headline” but it would be a knee-jerk reaction. He called for “ways to really solve the issue.”

Among the proposals being studied is a call by anti-gun groups to ban the carrying of firearms by civilians outside their homes.

The proliferation of firearms has long fueled crime and political violence as well Muslim and communist rebellions that have raged for decades in parts of the Philippines. The country has one of the highest homicide rates in Southeast Asia.

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  • andy bonifacio

    How can the citizenry take you seriously about strict control. You could not even stop the use of ” PNP ” “CIDG” etc on the private vehicles of these so called law enforcers. Such simple but blatant violation of a law is already a slap on your face.Settle first the issue on the waywardness of the police force which is now transforming to a mafia like organization. 

  • Jose

    As I’ve said in the past, a total gun ban may not be feasible (though I’d be in favor of it), as given the proliferation of guns in the country criminals simply aren’t going to return their arms.

    I’d be quite alright with limiting guns to houses, and banning concealed carry though.  It won’t wipe out the problem, but it’ll be a step in the right direction.

    • Mamang Pulis

      kung tutusin, ang batas sa PTCFA ay ang gamit naka lagay sa bag, hindi naka sukbit o naka holster.

      sa range lang pede i-sukbit ang baril.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Some facts of life have to be faced squarely.  We live in a dangerous world.  One kind of danger comes from our fellow humans.  And there is simply no getting around the trite but true saying that “if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”  And in our country many of them even have uniforms and badges.

    And allow me to repost these suggestions:

    First order of business in gun-control: Take away from the PNP the function of registration/licensing of firearms, granting of permits to gun/ammo/accessories sellers, and the administration of other laws relative to sale, ownership, possession, and use of privately-owned firearms. A separate office or bureau (under the DOJ, for example), should be created by law for this sole purpose.

    Second: Make all firearms, whether “orig” or “paltik,” registrable and do not make the registration fees costly and prohibitive. For first-time registration of “loose” firearms or those not acquired through a legitimate sale, proof or documentation of how the prospective registrant came to own or possess the firearm should be done away with.

    Third: Provide an incentive to firearm owners who want to surrender their firearms (whether loose or not) in lieu of registering them. Such an incentive could be in the form of paying an amount to the gun owner reasonably commensurate to the type, age, serviceability, and cost of acquisition of the firearm if the same was bought legally.  No other questions asked.


    This is moronic! STRICT GUN-CONTROL LAW will be good if we have a STRICT Police force!

    Not with our police patola style.

  • Ragdeleafar

    ‘Outlaw the guns then expect and anticipate proliferation of granades, home made bombs, teargas, nerve gas for defense with the criminals who have guns ransacking, force entry, trespassers on the privacy in private homes!

  • opinyonlangpo

    There are other weapons aside from guns, there will be collateral damage and worse though. If ever there will be a total gun ban, creative people will find a way to defend themselves and their properties. For the enterprising people, it opens a new market.

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Sa panahon ngayon dapat lang na may self defense tayo kahit isang baril lang sa bahay, ang problema kadalasan sa mga kumukuha ng lisensya ng baril ay may angking kayabangan. Hindi na natin malilimitahan ang mga taong ganito kahit saan mang sulok ng mundo, nararapat lang na taasan ng karapatang parusa or buhayin natin ang Death penalty. Buhay ang binuwis buhay din ang kapalit..

  • Mamang Pulis

    marami ng batas para sa baril—

    ang pinaka matindi pa ay yun makulong ka ng habang buhay.

    ang problema—implementation.

  • Sugbuanon86

    Psychiatric exam should be a requirement for anyone who wants to own a gun.

    Unahin si PNOY.

  • basilionisisa

    i, too, am for tighter GUN CONTROL (and not a TOTAL Gun Ban),

    i support Sen Ping Lacson’s idea of putting into Rules that gun owners lock up their guns at home and that civilians must not be allowed to carry gun/s outside their homes (including bodyguards of politicians and celebrities).

    i also support the suggestions of mad_as_hamlet, one of the commenters here.

    and also, naive it may be, if it is not already being done, i suggest added in granting of Permit to Handle a Gun, a kind of Oath of Compliance (like an Oath of Allegiance or Panatang Makabayan that we recite in school flag ceremony), so that the applicant will be more aware of the Rules and the Responsibilities in possessing a gun.

    i suggest that Gun Licence applications be as strict if not stricter than Driver’s Licence applications, with a Gun Permit Application Test, eye test, and ‘Road’ (handling, shooting?) Test.

    i suggest encouraging and rewarding people to tip off to authorities (PNP, Military) even anonymously of:
    (1) people possessing unlicensed gun/s;
    (2) people brandishing or playing with guns, in anger or in drunken/drugged stupor.
    (3) civilians (excluding Security Officers) carrying guns outside their homes.

  • dennis

    This takes more complicated than what people are expecting,”Tighter control of firearms?” This takes a lot of time in argument at both Congress and the Senate. Tighter control in what ways?Lawmakers must re-define that words to make it clear to the people.

  • dennis

    After the incident of Quezon shooting that take lives of not just an ordinary people,I doubt that people will keep distance and distrust our Law enforcement. This will give options to filipino people to choose between Government and Rebels.I hope that we will not end up into conclusion saying “We are all on our own way!”

  • disqusted0fu

    A total gun ban will include Pnoy and his cronies. While a strict gun control will only be for selected people, excluding Pnoy and his cronies. Well played Mr. President! You have yet again taken a shot at fooling your fellowmen.

    • john clark

      If push comes to shove… Would you want to be the only one without a gun when facing a criminal?

  • Your_King

    In other words, Aquino is saying he doesn’t care what Philippines wants…he and his KKK love the guns and shooting them therefore nothing will happen with this call for gun control or gun ban. Wait till next year it’ll be the same thing all over again.

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