PNP revokes gun license of Porsche-riding SLEX shooter

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 9 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday it revoked the firearm license and gun carrying privileges of a Bureau of Customs (BOC) Clerk and a private businessman who figured in an alleged shooting incident at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Parañaque City.

PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A Bartolome instructed Senior Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Chief of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, to revoke the firearms license issued to BOC Clerk Paulino C Elevado and businessman Florencio O Bato.

Petrasanta said the gun documents issued to Elevado and Bato were revoked effective February 1, 2012.

On the same day, the Chief PNP revoked the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) issued to the two suspects.

It is PNP policy to cancel or suspend gun ownership privileges issued to licensed firearm holders involved in criminal cases especially when the gun is believed to have been used in the crimes, Bartolome said.

Elevado and Bato, both on board a Porsche sports car were arrested by Pasay City police after figuring in a high speed car chase along SLEX – allegedly firing shots and manhandling a student whose van accidentally collided with the suspects’ Porsche.

The FEO Firearms Information Management System (FIMS) database listed Elevado as a owner of a cal.40 Taurus pistol, while Bato is licensed to possess a cal.45 SAM pistol with serial number SH11080001.

Both suspects were also issued Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR), a privilege granted to qualified licensed firearm holders who need to carry firearms for personal security by virtue of their profession or status.

On January 27, 2012 or six days after the two suspects figured in the incident, the FEO had already flagged these firearms files in the FIMS database to prevent the transfer, sale, and renewal of these guns while an investigation is underway.

Elevado’s cal.40 pistol is in the custody of Pasay City Police investigators, while Bato is being given reasonable time to surrender his cal.45 handgun that is now deemed as loose firearm upon cancellation of his gun license.

Bartolome noted the fact that SOCO probers recovered cal.45 fired cartridge cases from the scene. (PNA) RSV/JCA

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