The Philippine National Police in Dumaguete City is monitoring the proliferation of “alco-guns”, an improvised shotgun powered by alcohol and using marbles as bullets.
Deputy police chief, Senior Insp. Eddie Oira, at a forum yesterday said the improvised gun is as dangerous as the real firearm. He urged the barangay officials to immediately report the presence of “alco-guns” in their areas.
Earlier, barangay captain Nick Ramirez of Batinguel had denied reports that “alco-guns” are being manufactured in his barangay.
Oira said they received reports that “alco-guns” are rampant in barangays Candau-ay, Camanjac and Batiguel. He ordered the barangay officials to confiscate these as agents of authority.
The police is also studying the possibility of filing charges against individuals caught with “alco-guns” under the provisions of Presidential Decree 1866.
However, Oira said he is not sure whether possession of the improvised gun would fall under the provisions of PD 1866, since no gunpowder is involved, but alcohol and marbles.*JG
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