Cops Return 1,300 Shotguns to Pangasinan Village Chiefs

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Cops Return 1,300 Shotguns to Pangasinan Village Chiefs


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - Police authorities here are in the process of returning to the different barangays captains over 1,300 shotguns which were temporarily deposited at the Police Provincial Office (PPO) Headquarters for the duration of the election gun ban.

Senior Superintendent Percival Barba, PPO director, ordered the release of the firearms to their respective owners with a reminder for barangay leaders to be responsible civilian peacekeepers.Barba said firearms are only to be used as a last resort if peace and order in their respective areas of jurisdiction are threatened.

The shotguns were returned to the barangay captains one month after the expiration of the implementation of the total gun ban by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to avoid the outbreak of election-related violence.

"Guns are not to be used just to advance their own personal and political interests, especially with the onset of the October barangay and Sangguniang kabataan elections," Barba said.

During the 45-day campaign period for the May 10, 2010 national and local elections, the PPO was forced to temporarily take custody of the shotguns issued by the provincial government to the barangay captains since they are not exempted from the implementation of the gun ban.

Law enforcers exercised their right to confiscate the said shotguns once seen displayed in their barangay halls or carried outside their residences without the benefit of a permit. …

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