Info-drive on intensified campaign vs loose firearms kicks off

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 27 – The Regional Maritime Office 6 (RMO 6) Thursday led the launching of its intensified campaign against loose firearms at the Weesam Passenger Terminal, Muelle Loney Wharf prior the 10:15 trip of the Weesam seacraft bound for Bacolod City.

The campaign was in line with the government’s drive to lessen if not totally eliminate the tools that are being used in the commission of crimes.

“As maritime police, we help take charge of guarding our ports and piers and ensuring that no criminal and illegal activities happen in these areas,” RMO 6 regional chief, S/Supt. Jene F. Bracamonte said.

"We deem it very important that you who regularly travel the Iloilo-Bacolod route be made aware of the National Firearms Control Program so that we can prevent the proliferation of loose firearms in our region,” he added.

RMO 6 deputy chief Jairus Juanito Gelvezon III, meantime, discussed some salient points of the Executive Order 817 or the National Firearms Control Program before the hundreds of Bacolod-bound passengers.

In his briefing, he stressed that the government with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the forefront is offering ‘last and final amnesty’ for holders of unlicensed firearms and those with expired licenses.

He clarified though that ‘paltik’ firearms could not avail of licenses but owners can turn them over to the PNP in favor of the government.

He stressed a legislation has been sought for possession of three or more unlicensed firearms to be declared as a non-bailable offense.

During the launching, Bracamonte and Gelvezon also turned over an audio visual presentation (AVP)on EO 817 to Dennis Juanito, manager of Weesam Iloilo Terminal for airing at the departure area and inside the fast craft itself.

Gelvezon said they will also turn over similar AVP to other fast crafts such a the Ocean Jet for airing.

On Friday, the RMO 6 will also seek audience with barangay officials and barangay fisheries and aquatic resources management councils of the Banate Bay Resource Management Council Inc (BBRMCI) for a briefing on EO 817. (PNA) LDV/PGLena/vlo

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