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363 gun licenses cancelled

The Philippine National Police did not just cancel the licenses of 90 firearms seized from the ancestral house of Mayor Magdaleno Peña in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan, it cancelled 363, including all those of a Bacolod-based security agency, the mayor’s lawyer, Roger Reyes, said yesterday.

This is abuse on the part of the Philippine National Police, Reyes told the DAILY STAR, adding that the licenses were cancelled “without notice or due process, it was done arbitrarily”.

Resolution 2013-056 of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) Board said that, of the 90 firearms seized on May 2 from the ancestral house in Barangay Ubay, 12 were unlicensed.

But Reyes said this was unfair because they have submitted documents to the PNP proving that the 12 are licensed.

Among the owners of the seized firearms are Golden Lake and Mineral Resources, Vegas Exploration and Mining Corp., JHMA Marina Holding Corp., Kentfield Corp and E and R Security Agency.

Resolution 2013-056 said on May 3, an inquest case for violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294, for illegal possession of firearms was filed against Peña, et. al.

It said records at the Firearms Information and Management System of the FEO show that Golden Lake and Mineral Resources Corp. has 59 licensed firearms, Vegas Exploration and Mining Corp. – 51, JHMA – 45, Kentfield – 39, E and R Security Agency 167 and Mayor Magdaleno Peña – 2.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group recommended the revocation of the licenses of the firearms of the four corporations, the security agency, Peña and other individuals, whose firearms were confiscated during the actual conduct of the search at Ubay, the resolution said.

The FEO Board said licenses may be revoked under the following circumstances: commission of a crime where a firearm is involved, and for pendency of a criminal complaint before the Prosecutor’s Office or before the court for violation of the Revised Penal Code or any special law.

The FEO Board recommended the cancellation of the licenses to possess firearms of Peña, the four firms and the security agency, that was approved by the FEO chief, Chief Supt Raul Petrasanta.

Reyes said all of the guns seized from Ubay were licensed, contrary to the claim of the CIDG that 12 were not.

He said it is also unfair for E and R Security Agency to have all its guns cancelled just because its owner’s last name is Montilla, the middle name of Peña.

Reyes said the owner of the security agency is Eneida Montilla.*CPG

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