MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has renewed his appeal to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to impose stricter gun control measures, including the limited issuance of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFOR).
Lacson made the call following the killing of a policeman along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) in San Juan City.
Police Senior Master Sgt. Solomon Cugay was shot dead on Tuesday (March 26) by motorcycle-riding gunmen along EDSA-Connecticut southbound lane.
The PNP said Cugay was among the personalities included on the narcotics list released by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
Cugay had previous records of coddling and recycling illegal drugs, according to PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, but the former was able to clear his name and was absolved from the case some two years ago.
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Lacson said the PNP should limit the issuance of PTCFOR to ensure that only uniformed military and police personnel on duty can bring firearms outside their homes.
He said anyone carrying firearms in public places should be assumed to have criminal intent and apprehended on the spot.
“Firearms are for self-defense and protection of properties from intruders and not for offensive action by the possessor,” he said.
The Lawmaker also challenged the PNP to prove that they are capable of carrying out their mandate to protect the public from criminals.
He also pushed for stronger law on gun control to prevent mass shooting incidents similar to other countries.
Last year, Lacson had urged the PNP to implement stricter firearms control following the spate of killings of local officials, including Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Anthony Halili and Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. – Robie de Guzman