PNP assures 1:1 police-firearm ratio in Armm

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) assured the protection of peace and order in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) by strictly implementing one-to-one police-firearms ratio in the entire region, an official said.

Armm Police Regional Office chief Noel Delos Reyes said they found out through auditing that several personnel were issued multiple firearms while there are some personnel who are yet to be given service firearms.

Delos Reyes said they found out that 228 PNP personnel in the region have more than one issued firearm, prompting the agency to recall a total of 737 issued firearms and immediately re-distribute them to other units and personnel as determined by obtaining threat level and crime situation in their respective area of responsibility.

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As of July 13, all 1,223 police personnel of Sulu provincial police office were already issued individual light weapons including M203 grenade launcher, M16, M14, BAR or small arms such as shotgun and handgun.

"Sulu provincial police office has 50 Class A light weapons and 272 small arms on reserve at the Provincial Supply Accountable Office, even as the provincial police is yet to account for 335 firearms listed in its inventory but could not be found," Delos Reyes said.

The police official said the firearms were distributed according to the role of the policemen, personnel of Police Public Safety Company of Sulu provincial police office received a light weapons while those assigned to administrative functions were issued small arms. The same distribution policy was also observed in Municipal Police Stations in the province.

"In independent observations, police forces in Sulu were inadequately equipped to perform anti-terrorism and anti-criminality operations in the province," the official said.

On July 28, alleged members of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf waylaid civilians on-board two vehicles.

The incident killed 23 people, including an 85 years old woman and a two-year-old child and injured 11 others.

The authorities continue to hunt down the suspects liable for the killings. (Sunnex)

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