OPLAN BOGA-OPLAN BAKAL
TO avoid culpability for possessing unlicensed firearms, two incumbent municipal councilors of San Quintin voluntarily surrendered their firearms to the police whose licenses have expired.
Councilor Fidel Reyes surrendered a 12-gauge shotgun and a cal. 45 pistol to the San Quintin Police while he surrendered 5 pieces of launcher grenade to the Malasiqui Police.
Councilor Jayson Cariaga also surrendered his cal. 45 pistol.
San Quintin Police Station confirmed that the licenses of their firearms have long expired.
The surrendered firearms of Reyes expired last August 3, 2014 while the firearm of Cariaga expired last March 5, 2015.
P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, information officer of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO), said the PNP national headquarters regularly transmits to provincial stations lists of firearms whose licenses have expired and need to be recovered from the owners.
“Una kinakatok natin sila, reminding na kailangan nilang i-renew, kailangan sundin nila yong ipinapangako nilang petsa kung kailan sila magre-renew, pinagbibigyan naman sila, di naman tayo nagsasawang magpaala, kung hindi i-renew kung halimbawa wala pang panggastos ay pwede naman i-surrender muna sa ating mga pinakamalapit na police stations for safekeeping para hindi sila magka-problema,” Florentino said.
He said the effort to keep track of loose firearms is part of PNP’s ‘Operation Boga’, ‘Oplan Sita’ and Oplan Bakal. (Nora Dominguez)