PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to revise the regulation in trading firearms and ammunitions by gun dealers and impose a stiffer guideline to prevent criminals and rebels from purchasing and using it for their illegal activities.
Duterte, in his remark during the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines Inc. (AfadD) Defense and Sporting Arms Show (DSAS) Friday evening, said that gun shop owners must implement stricter purchase procedures to avoid their products from landing in the hands of the rebels.
"They have the money so we have to control kung may magpabili ng armas. [You should] make sure kung sino," he said.
Duterte added that he would instruct incoming Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to step up a mechanism where the selling of firearms and bullets could be regulated to ensure that "no firearms should ever land in the hands of an enemy of the state".
"[You have to] advise your clients that you have to work on the papers. Make it early because it would be hard for them now to get the bullets because we know very well that some of the ammunitions that are being purchase are in the hands of the NPAs," Duterte said, pertaining to local gun dealers present during the activity.
He also discouraged gun collection for fear that it would be raided by rebels upon knowing that there are firearms stored in a collector's house and take advantage of it.
He recounted the incident that happened in Bukidnon and Manila where the suspected communist rebels raided Dasia, a security agency, and carted away several high-powered firearms.
Security guards in remote areas who are manning the mining corporations or banana plantations usually fall victims of harassment by the rebels as they would forcibly get their firearms. In other cases, guards would reportedly sell it to them.
"Wag ng payagan na ang mga security guards magdadala ng mga high-powered firearms," Duterte said.
In the country, there are many people who own guns and most of these are unauthorized while other improvised guns are made locally.
"We have to revise some of the rule here not to make it hard for you [gun shop owners] to make money but to protect first and foremost the Republic of the Philippines," he said.
Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio advised the local gun stores here to get ready for any order from the Philippine National Police once they would release an order with the amended regulations in selling guns and bullets.