Abra politicians surrender 179 guns to PNP



ABRA GUNS Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police director, displays the weapons surrendered by politicians in Abra, one of the “areas of concern” declared by the Commission on Elections for their history of election violence. The guns will be muzzled and kept at Camp Juan Villamor in the provincial capital of Bangued as the Comelec imposes a gun ban during the midterm elections. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

BANGUED, Abra—On the eve of the election gun ban, politicians and their families in Abra surrendered 179 licensed firearms to the Philippine National Police for safekeeping and muzzling.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police director, on Saturday received an assortment of high-powered firearms, handguns and rifles at a ceremony at Camp Juan Villamor, the headquarters of the Abra police.

Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin, the mayors or their representatives from Abra’s 27 towns and village leaders trooped to the police camp at 8:30 a.m. to hand over their guns.

The PNP later in the afternoon knocked on the houses of politicians and residents, looking for concealed weapons.

Magalong said police records showed that 228 firearms had been registered in the province, notorious for a rise in political killings during elections.

Bersamin said relinquishing weapons to the police gave rival families peace of mind, confident they would be safe during the campaign if only authorities roam the province with weapons.

Most of the weapons, which police sealed with masking tape and an identification sticker signed by Abra police officials, were returned to their owners because the licensed owners have the right to use them if they needed to protect themselves, Magalong said.

Police said 45 firearms were taken for safekeeping, while 134 guns were muzzled and returned to local officials who owned them.

Among the guns muzzled were owned by top government officials, like Mayors Ryan Luna (Bangued), Robert Victor “JR” Seares Jr. (Dolores), Benido Bacuyag (Malibcong) and Placido Eduarte Jr. (Tayum) and Governor Bersamin, said Senior Supt. Roberto Soriano, Abra police director.

The police will continue visiting other towns to seal the barrels of licensed guns in the next few days, Magalong said.

“This is a good gesture from our leaders who turned over their firearms for safekeeping. They showed their trust to the police, and they are confident now that they will be protected by the police,” he said. “There is now a level of maturity here.”

Luna, who turned over 17 firearms for safekeeping and muzzling, said he acquired these weapons after he survived an ambush in April 2012. “I turned over my guns because I want to support the government’s call for peaceful elections,” he said.

Luna and Bersamin were the first to turn over their guns, Magalong said.

Bersamin surrendered six guns for muzzling. The governor said the weapons were meant to protect him following the 2006 assassination of his brother, Abra Rep. Luis Bersamin, who was killed at a wedding outside a Quezon City church.

“This peacekeeping effort will help a lot in stopping violence in Abra … I respect the police and my trust in them has been revived. In the past, local policemen were used by politicians … but the Philippine National Police is now serious in curbing violence in Abra,” Bersamin said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    Magandang halimbawa at sana magkaroon din ng batas na kung Off duty ang isang police/regular soldier ay hindi nya dapat bitbit ang kanyang baril…..only those detectives must be allowed to carry firearms with a very severe rules to adhere to.

    • batangpaslit

      pag nalaman ng kalaban na walang gamit ang police o sundalo pag nasa bahay na sia, tigok ang pulis o ang sundalo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Abra is among the hot spots with history of political killings.  It could just be for show.  After the media publicity, the weapons shall be returned to these warlords.  

  • wilfel

    Are they sure that those firearms surrenders are usable one or those are the rusty and no longer seviceable. They may just want some publicity to show people about it. It is suprisingly that there are only 179 guns in the whole province of Abra ?

    • batangpaslit

      tanong ko rin yan. baka wala nang firing pin ang na “surrender”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AE4KDFT5DTC52BFRUASNIV7HBU jerico

    The firearms they surrendered are licensed..meaning they know that police will be searching for this firearms..if I am a mayor I will do the same thing para isipin nila malinis ang intensyon ko bida pa ko. Now, we do know that there are still firearms with no license or loose firearms and it is surely hidden somewhere..Anyways, it doesnt stop there coz they have to monitor this people especially yung mga nag surrender ng firearms..parang may hindi tama, to good to be true. Well, the coming days will speak for itself..Sa mga taga Abra..be vigilant…its showtime..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JL6J2DTAMYXZ2DPBU22TB6C6UI Junior

    Magalong is trying to uplift his face in Abra.How about that 11 search warrant you served illegally in Bulanao,tabuk kalinga tagged the accused  as hired killers,kidnappers,gun running,money laundering,Members of the PAG,robbers and most notorious members of the society…..of all the accusation the only truth is one of the accused run the jueteng with the blessings of the prov’l director,city  chief police and the Gov.and some confiscated assorted firearms that it turns out to be owned by some local police who are working with the baranggay capt.Also,RGV who was arrested for possesion of illegal substance /illegal possesion was dimissed due to technicalities, that means the search was not supposed to be serve.The frustrated murder against him is also on the process of being dismissed due to lack of evidence,the complainant can’t recall that he signed an affidavit and the other complainant was just making some false statement…..it’s totally a harassment on the part of the accused.

  • ITT_Co_Makati

    Sinurender iyong mga lumang baril kasi meron nang mga bagong dating na mas high powered.

    • batangpaslit

      baka nga wala nang firing pin ang na surrender, eh

  • Rovingmoron

    What is the assurance that there will be peaceful election in Abra? Who will believe that these politicians have surrendered all their firearms? I don’t think so.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Well, this is a good start!
    Hope this is not another ningas cogon, PNP.
    Congrats anyway.

  • dodong1

    pautot lang nyan.. photo op nanaman…hintayin na lang ninyo kung talagang mananahimik ang mga politikos dyan sa abra…

  • batangpaslit

    surrender? bakit ibinalik?
    sana ang pagkasabi ay: submitted to the police command for sealing purposes

    yes, na “sealed” nga ang licensed firearms. paano ang hindi licensed….hehehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    what a stupid bunch of politicians we have in da pilipins….!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    sana tuloy tuloy ang mga check point all year round pati sa mga iskinita para dun sa mga killers na riding in tandem…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Hindi  ko  maintindihan  itong  balita  na  ito. Sabi isi-nurender  yung  mga  baril, tapos  nilagyan  ng masking  tape, tapos  ibinalik  sa  owners. . . alin  ang isinurender  dito ?

  • bagombong

    isinurender yun mga hindi na pumuputok, at saka 179 lang, isang pulitiko ay mahigit 200 daan ang baril nila, tapos yan lang….tuwang-tuwa na kayo at nagpa-press na kayo…susmaryusep naman kayo, pagtatawanan lang kayo ng mga taga-Abra sa ipinakita nyo sa news…

  • dequis

    nagpapicture lang si sir baka sakali makakuha pa ng promotion

  • basilionisisa

    good enough start… Well done, PNP!

  • Mamang Pulis

    parang napanood ko na eto—vietnam style na propagandaihihelera ang mga ‘namatay na komunista’ para sa photo ops at gagatungan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    Alam naman natin na ang ginagamit sa pagpatay ay yung mga hindi rehistrado!

  • Fulpol

    politician: chief pagkatapos mo makunan ng picture, pakibigay kay boy (security guard ko)…

    chief: yes ma’am.. yung belated Christmas gift, huwag kalimutan ma’am ha?

    politicians: of course chief, no problem….


    nalaman ni higher chief..

    chief: ma’am buking tayo kay commander… di ko maibabalik muna ang iyong baril..

    politician: paano naman ang buhay ko chief… nasa peligro ako lagi.. wala man lang ako depensa..

    chief: don’t worry ma’am, papahiramin muna kita..

    politician: salamat chief.. 



    boy: ma’am bakit pa ninyo kukunin ang baril na nai-surrender kay chief, eh sobrang dami ang baril nating nakatago..

    politician: technique lang yan boy, strategy lang… di mo ba nakita, mahal ako chief….

    Disclaimer: ang mga character ay kathang isip lamang po… mga coincidental events ay di po sinasadya…

  • Olibo

    Well, it helps to minimise election related violence. What about loose firearms, unlicensed? Masking tape is a primitive sealing kit for firearms, anything more effective than this cheap tapes? 

  • Barak_O

    same guns pictured in last elections

    after the picture taking

    the guns will be rented out to guns for hire industry

    election season means there’s a high demand their service

  • noypi_ako

    paano ba makapagsurrender ng baril for muzzling yun iba kung Permit To Own lang hawak nila? natural at kelangan talaga puntahan ng pulis sa bahay….

  • ddano

     NAPALABAS NA YAN , MARAMING BESES NA !  Dagdagan naman sana nyo ang eksena, yung sinusunog yung mga baril tapos sasagasaan ng pison, mas maganda kung isasama yung mga politicians. 

  • Bayawak

    lokohin ninyo ang lilong niyong panot…Press release lang ang mga yan para gumanda naman ang imahe ng PNP pero actually mga sira yan at mga luma na,halughugin mo ang buong Abra makikita mo kung gaano karami mga armas ng mga tao.Di mo na kailangan ng Intel dahil mismong ordinaryong tao alam yan. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Wit natin ang proclamation ng winning candidates sa Abra by June 2013. Para malaman natin kung walang na ambush after this safekeeping kuno.

  • $16638896

    sympre nakatago pa ung ibang baril jan hehehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7US4SIEZOJLP4A3BQLYYDY6UWQ Kim

    hahahaha…joke joke joke………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    Naku, sa isang ordinaryong mamayan lang diyan sa Abra eh dalawang long fire arm na hawak….. mga politiko pa kaya…he he he…

  • phantomofhope

    nice…galing ng PNP magkunwaring may performance…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Puro naglumaan na yung isinuko. Mga 821 pa yung nakatago.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    sinurender ng abra politicians ang mga baril na tinakas ng PNP at AFP para sa kanila. is this new? or subject na for replacement? (May mas bago na kasi)

  • Jeff Clint

    Sabi nyo ang isinurrender ay 179 na licensed firearms. Eh katorse lang yang nasa letrato!
    Wala pa diyan yung mga walang license. 
    Pag walang election related killings diyan sa Abra, doon lang ako maniniwala na nakasurrender nga ang mga firearms dyan. 

    • Guest

      Tanga! Yung litrato ay representation lng, hndi kabuuan. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNLEL6SV5GHRUCLB3WSZVOZCUA RockA

    That’s why a lot of people don’t believe in registration.  Instead of hassling citizens, why don’t the police go after criminals?

  • yonoh

    totoo kaya ito……..baka pelikula lang ito……….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JL6J2DTAMYXZ2DPBU22TB6C6UI Junior

    Bravo…..marami naman baril ang nakumpiska ni Magalong,promotion is on the air ….gustong gusto kapag nasa media around him,lalo na’t imbestigador,GMA mga media panig sa Gov’t and very bias…..read the news about the Atimonan,Quezon prov massacre and it reveals the true PNP image…..bato-bato sa  langit po ,sir!!!!!! 

    • punku

      dude… you’re blinded with too much movies and old-school perception against all media personnel… know more, research first before talking… 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JL6J2DTAMYXZ2DPBU22TB6C6UI Junior

        Mr Punku, people that used the word “Dude” are illiterate like you…..i have the right to say what i want….you don’t know me and im not asking your opinion….give your opinion on the topic not attacking somebody else….respect others so in return they’ll will respect you….maybe you were born w/o a parents,asshole!!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_APVOOWFOYEHTUWLLGXG3SDRTUE Rory Cruz

        Respect is earned. It looks like you don’t deserve any of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    PNP officials are behaving like showbiz these days.  They’re media friendly.  Bartolome used to be a PNP Spokesman before he became PNP Chief.  Espina was also a PNP Spokesman before he became NCR PNP Chief.  They’re close to the media that could have helped in their promotion.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Its a nice joke. It is known that people in Abra have access to guns whenever there is a need to have one. And same access to hitmen whenever there is a need to use one. There should be 24 hr. random checkpoints in that province specially Bangued, at least until election is over.

    • pasaway008ako

      May kutob akong taga roon ka. Parang alam na alam mo ang nangyayari doon ha.

      • opinyonlangpo

        I got two top employees from there. Good people and trusted ones.

      • bagombong

         sigurado yan, yun kaklase taga Abra mismo, kuwento nga sa amin sa school noon, barilan ng 2 politiko magkabilang kalye yun mga pulis nasa gitna nakadapa hawak-hawak ang mga ulo..

  • Bob

    Politicians have guns and politicians who don’t like politicians are probably murderers

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sisirain ang isa at naka media pero pag wala ng camera eto ala firecrackers ang mga nasa lamesa na yan at mag-aagawan na!

  • droccu

    179 licensed firearms out of their arsenal of 100,000 licensed and unlicensed firearms? :-)

  • phantomofhope

    galing ng pakitang tao nyo…after ng press conference, kanya kanyang dampot naman kayo ng nakumpiska. pwe!

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