Police intensify checkpoints vs loose firearms-A A +A
Sunday, March 10, 2013
SENIOR Superintendent Celestino Guara, acting director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), ordered the police chiefs in all towns and cities in the province to intensify the campaign against loose firearms through checkpoints.
The move came as the number of gun ban violators based on Noppo records reached 19, with the recent arrest of three more suspects in the cities of Himamaylan and Kabankalan.
Noppo records revealed the arrest for gun ban violators Silverio Solina in Himamaylan City and Jovy Garol and Alfonso Banzuelo in Kabankalan City. Recovered by the police from the suspects were two .38 caliber revolvers and a 357 magnum revolver.
The arrests also brought to 19 the total number of guns accounted for by the police from violators.
Guara said the intensification of checkpoint operations would deter the possible use of the loose firearms during the May 13 elections.
Based on records from the Police Regional Office-Firearms and Explosives Unit, a total of 506 loose firearms were accounted for by the provincial and city police offices in Western Visayas from January to February this year. (TDE)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 11, 2013.