PNP orders Erwin Tulfo: Surrender your guns

Erwin Tulfo & Oscar D. Albayalde

AFTER being stripped of his police bodyguards, tough-talking radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo will find himself also facing the prospect of losing his licensed firearms.

The Philippine National Police yesterday ordered Tulfo to surrender his licensed guns to the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office since his License to Own and Possess Firearms or LTOFP had expired last May.

PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac said  as a result, Tulfo has been required to turn over his licensed guns to the PNP-FEO headquarters in Camp Crame of the nearest police station in his residence for temporary safekeeping.

As part of its effort to account for loose firearms including those with expired licenses and LTOFP, the PNP headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has  launched a massive program which aims to persuade gunholders with expired licenses and LTOFPs to surrender their weapons to the nearest police station for temporary safekeeping until they have renewed their licenses.

The surrendered weapons with expired licenses are issued official safekeeping receipts including a complete inventory of the gun/s and photographs for documentation process.

As soon as the nationwide gun ban is lifted this coming June 12, owners of the guns with expired licenses will have the chance to reclaim them from police custody as soon as they present proof that they have renewed their LTOFP and firearms’ licenses.

“If the LTOPF is already expired, then there is no more reason for an individual to keep firearms even if these firearms are still valid, if the licenses are valid. They need to be surrendered for temporary safekeeping,” Banac said even as he refused to reveal how many guns are under the name of Erwin.

The PNP spokesperson said  a record check showed that only Erwin Tulfo’s LTOFP expired.

Apart from Erwin, the other Tulfo brothers -- Ramon, Raffy and Ben  -- are all known gun enthusiasts.

“A notice has been sent to his last known address, recalling his registered firearms last Thursday,” Banac added.

As part of the PNP program to account for loose firearms, the PNP-FEO has been regularly providing regional police offices with a list of licensed gunholders in their territories.

In turn, the concerned regional office relays the information to the provincial police offices and city and municipal police stations tasked to conduct Oplan: Katok.

Formal notices are being sent to the gunholders with expired gun licenses and uniformed police officers knock on their doors to persuade them to renew their gun permits.

Those who fail to heed the police request are subjected to search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.