Region 1 cops intensify campaign against illegal firearms

SAN FERNANDO CITY — The Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) has stepped up its continuing drive to control the proliferation of loose firearms, particularly those in the possession of criminal elements including private armed groups (PAG’s).

Police Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas, Region 1 police director, said the intensified campaign is embodied in PRO1’s implementing plan “Kontra Boga-Bravo” which prescribes the operational guidelines in conducting a determined campaign against loose firearms throughout the region.

“Under Kontra Boga-Bravo, PRO1 shall vigorously spearhead the government’s continuing campaign against loose firearms in the possession of organized/syndicated crime groups, private armies and other threat groups, focusing on crime-prone areas,” Mabutas stressed.

The police regional office targets to reduce existing firearms in the hands of criminal elements by at least 2% monthly, Mabutas said.

“The principal target of our operations will be those unregistered and unlicensed firearms as well as those with expired or unrenewed licenses,” he added.

Police operations against unregistered firearms will involve dragnet operations in crime-proned areas, strict implementation of Oplan Bakal and Oplan Sita, conduct of mobile checkpoint and chokepoint operations, intelligence build-up, and application and service of search warrants.#