August 06, 2006

After series of shooting incidents
Luna orders crackdown on loose firearms

With the series of shooting occurring in different parts of the province resulting in at least seven killings last week, P/Supt. Juan G. Luna, Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) director, has issued a directive to all chiefs of police of 22 towns in the province to intensify their respective campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms.

Luna said in an interview that the provincial police are set to intensify their crackdown on loose firearms in a bid to prevent more shooting incidents in the province. The police believe that the shooting incidents were due to the large number of loose firearms in the province.

According to Luna, the chiefs of police of the province’s 22 municipalities, as well as Laoag City, had been given a goal of recovering at least three to four firearms monthly.

While intensifying the campaign against loose firearms, Luna is also encouraging the community to assist the police in the maintenance of peace and order in the province.

Luna has acknowledged the community’s important role in thwarting possible illegal activities by immediately reporting to the police any suspicious activity happening in their areas.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial director said the people of Ilocos Norte can participate in the Oplan Text Brigade of the PNP by calling the police hotline numbers as well as their respective chiefs of police’s contact numbers to report suspicious activities in their locales.

When asked about the crime rate solution efficiency of the province, Luna reported that for the past few months, the INPPO has a 92 percent crime solution efficiency. However with the series of killings recently, the percentage may have decreased.

Among the high-profile killings that occurred recently include the killing of police officer Alex Daproza in Badoc, Ilocos Norte; the shooting of Laoag City barangay chair Pedro Bonoan Jr.; the shooting of a Laoag City businessman in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte; the killing of San Nicolas barangay kagawad Robert Keppet; and the ambush of two alleged jueteng kobradors in Banna, Ilocos Norte.

In light of these events, Luna assured that the police are doing their best for the speedy resolution of these cases.

Leilanie G. Adriano

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