DILG chief suspends licenses of 8 delinquent firearms dealers

October 2, 2014 1:36 am 

MANILA, Oct. 1 — Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday ordered that the License to Operate (LTO) of eight firearms dealers be suspended for failing to account for a total of 116 imported firearms.

In a meeting, Roxas directed Police Director Melito Mabilin, Director of the Civil Security Group, and Chief Supt. Moro Lazo, Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), to implement his order.

There were a total of 17,763 firearms imported from January 2006 to September this year. Of the number, 14,355 were licensed: 7,328 were licensed to individuals while 7,027 were licensed to juridical entities.

Roxas ordered an inventory of high-powered firearms in March following reports of missing AK-47 rifles.

During the inventory, it was discovered that a total of 220 caliber 5.56 firearms were unaccounted for. However, dealers were able to account for 115 units, leaving 105 units which remain unaccounted for.

On the other hand, a total of 128 caliber 7.62 firearms were unaccounted for, but dealers were able to account for 117 units, leaving 11 units which remain unaccounted for, or a total of 116 high-powered firearms which remain unaccounted.

The delinquent firearms dealers were identified as Ace’s Weapon Dealer; Caliber Defence and Paraordnance System, Inc.; CM Countermeasures, Equipages and Security Technologies; HK Tactical Defense Systems Inc.; Metro Arms Corporation;S & T Philippines Inc.; Urban Industrial Corporation; and Weapons Systems Corporation.

The said companies were sent letters twice asking them to explain the missing firearms, but failed to submit their explanation.

The said dealers will serve their suspension until they are able to account for the missing firearms.

Roxas said, “Ipapatupad natin ang batas. Sisiguraduhin natin na may mananagot sa mga nawawalang armas (We will implement the law. We will guarantee that there would be liable on the missing weapons)”

Meanwhile, Roxas explained that another dealer, Caliber Trading, is already serving suspension for an earlier offense. Thus, it was recommended that its license be revoked. (PNA)



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