House resolution seeks to probe missing PNP firearms

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Friday, May 16, 2014


A HOUSE lawmaker filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the disappearance of some 900 high-powered firearms that were procured through the Philippine National Police (PNP).

House Resolution 970 is also calling for an investigation into the snail-paced delivery of firearms licenses by a firm under contract with the PNP-Firearms and Explosives Office.

Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas said key officials of the PNP-FEO will have to be summoned by the good government panel for them to shed light into the two controversies hounding the PNP.

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"There is an urgent need to investigate these controversies surrounding the PNP-FEO in order to determine who are really liable for these anomalous transactions and so as not to further erode the confidence of the public in the said institution," Fariñas said.

He noted that the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has already conducted a probe into the alleged involvement of high-ranking PNP-FEO officials in the anomalous procurement of 900 high-powered firearms that are now missing.

Fariñas said that the guns were supposedly sold by the Twin Pines Inc., a licensed firearms importer, to the JTC Mineral Mining Corporation.

PNP-FEO officials will also be asked to explain why it has failed to take action against a courier service firm that won a contract to deliver licenses of gun owners who have either renewed or applied for new gun licenses.

In a memorandum of agreement, the PNP has authorized the Werfast Documentation Agency to deliver the licenses of gun owners for a fee within a period of five years.

Werfast tapped LBC forwarding to make the deliveries for P90 each licenses. On the other hand, the firm charges PNP-CEO P190, getting a profit of P100 for each firm.

"Numerous reports have been received regarding he failure of Werfast to deliver gun licenses within the agreed 30-day period and that the price of delivery service is uncompetitive as compared to existing nationwide courier services," said Fariñas. (Sunnex)

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