PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ricardo C. Marquez yesterday said firearms recovered from more than 4,000 gunban violators since last January 10 have been subjected to ballistics examination to determine if they could have been used in the commission of previous crimes on the streets.
“Those firearms are being cross-examined by our experts from the PNP Crime Laboratory to determine if any of them could have been used in previous street crimes including murder and homicide,” said the PNP chief.
Gen. Marquez said the testing is a must since they have solved many unsolved crimes in the past by examining firearms recovered from arrested suspects and discovering they were the same weapons used in gang-related killings and other murder and homicide cases.
As of yesterday, policemen enforcing the prohibition on the unauthorized carrying of firearms in the streets since January 10 have confiscated 3,478 guns, including 1,1401 pistols, 1,019 revolvers, 154 rifles and 153 shotguns.
Also confiscated during the period were 806 homemade firearms known as ‘paltik’ or ‘sumpak.’
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor said 3,670 small arms were also deposited to the police by their licensed owners for safekeeping during the election period.
Mayor said a total of 39,370 other deadly weapons including 157 firearm replicas, 1,162 bladed/pointed weapons, 277 grenades, 312 other explosives and 37,442 various live ammunition have also been seized by the police over the past four months.
Last year, police seized 11,711 loose firearms and arrested 8,736 persons, who are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
From January to May 1 this year, police have already accounted for 8,983 loose firearms and arrested 4,522 persons. A total of 2,640 criminal cases have been filed against the suspects, said Mayor.