29 assorted firearms seized in Danao raid

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 confiscated 29 assorted firearms worth almost P120,000 in Barangay Suba, Danao City as part of its campaign against loose firearms last Wednesday.

In a related development, gun owners no longer have to go to Camp Crame in Metro Manila to register their firearms or renew their firearm’s license. They can do so in different satellite offices in the region.

The Supreme Court (SC) issued a temporary restraining order that bars three provisions of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act last April 8 yet.


Move opposed

These are centralizing the application and renewal of gun licenses at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City; using any courier service for deliveries of approved firearms license cards; and allowing police personnel to enter residences of firearms applicants and owners without a court-issued search warrant for inspection.

Earlier this year, PNP Director Alan Purisima shut down the satellite offices and ordered that the registration and licensing of firearms should only be processed in Camp Crame.

Majority of gun owners who reside outside Metro Manila opposed the move, citing the inconvenience.

But with the reopening of satellite offices, police are afraid cases of loose firearms will go up since gun owners can once again register in the provinces.

A loose firearm refers to an unregistered firearm, an obliterated or altered firearm, firearm which has been lost or stolen, an illegally-manufactured firearm, a registered firearm in the possession of an individual other than the licensee and a firearm with a revoked license in accordance with rules and regulations.

Eluded arrest

Senior Supt. Erson Digal of the Regional Operations Division of the Police Regional Office 7 said the data of registered firearms will be stored in the firearms information management system, which they are now preparing.

Digal said the satellite office in Cebu Province is the Firearms, Explosives and Security Agencies, Guards Supervisory Section 7 office on R.R. Landon St., Camp Sergio Osmeña, Cebu City.

In last Wednesday’s raid, CIDG 7 operatives recovered KG9 pistol with two magazines; five .45 pistols with two magazines; a .38 Super pistol; four .357 revolvers; 10 .38 revolvers; two 9mm black widow revolvers; and five .22 Black Widow revolvers.

Eddie Gian, the subject of the operation, eluded arrest.

CIDG 7 operatives arrived in Barangay Suba around 11:30 p.m.

They went to Gian’s house on Almendras St. after receiving several reports that Gian is a known gun manufacturer in the area, whose clients are mostly criminals.

Gian escaped by jumping across a creek at the back of his house.

Insp. Reydian Corales, assistant team leader, said they are tracking him down.

The CIDG 7 said it will continue its campaign against loose firearms.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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