TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Some 79 assorted unlicensed guns were voluntarily surrendered to different police stations in the region.
Cagayan Valley Police Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino with Quirino Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Gregory Bogñalbal presented the deposited guns to the media during Espino’s command visit in Quirino on Friday, May 11.
Gun owners from Quirino province surrendered the highest number of unrenewed guns with 41.
This is followed by Isabela with 26 firearms, and Santiago City with 12 guns, police said in a press release.
Espino reminded the public especially gun holders to surrender to police firearms with expired licenses for safekeeping.
The regional police director said this is to avoid any future legal problems for gun owners.
“We appreciate your cooperation with us, rest assured your Valley Cops will be doing its best to ensure a safe and secure Barangay and SK elections this May 14, 2018. This is timely as the gun ban is already in effect,” Espino said.
Police explained that under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, a gun owner is mandated to surrender firearm to the nearest police station within 15 days after expiration of the gun’s license.
Meanwhile, police and military troops in the region has assured maximum deployment of officers and personnel in polling precincts especially in watchlisted areas to ensure safe and fair elections this Monday. Northernforum.net