PNP hauls over 1,000 firearms from shuttered security agencies in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   January 21, 2019   •   2518

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – About 1,000 assorted firearms were seized by the Philippine National Police Supervisory Office for Security and Investigative Agencies (PNP-SOSIA) from a total of 96 security agencies ordered closed across Metro Manila.

According to SOSIA director PCSupt. Noli Romana, some of the concerned agencies violated certain regulations while others were not able to renew their contracts.

“Within 60 days dapat naka-renew na sila ng kanilang expiring license to operate. Most of these security agencies ay hindi na sila nakapag renew for one year mahigit na,” Romana said.

The agencies also did not turn over their respective firearms that’s why the PNP needed to confiscate them.

“Our memo to them is to turn over dapat sa atin through the FEO storage. And since hindi nila ginagawa, we are forced now to implement our memorandum,” the official added.

Romana explained that the said agencies will go through administrative investigation to find out why they were unable to renew their respective permits which are now permanently revoked.

“We will just ban them from and terminate their licenses na hindi na sila makakapag-operate ng kanilang security business,” Romana noted.

Romana said there are still over 350 private security agencies that are facing closure in Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP-SOSIA warns mall owners requiring security guards to wear themed uniforms during ‘ber’-months

Maris Federez   •   August 29, 2019

Mall security guards in themed costumes

The Philippine National Police – Supervisory Office for Security & Investigation Agency (PNP-SOSIA) has issued a warning against mall-owners and managers who will require their security guards to wear themed uniforms during the “ber”-months.

PNP-SOSIA Assistant Chief Police Colonel Sydney Villaflor said security guards will not be able to perform their jobs well if they are wearing costumes.

The official added that this will put the security in establishments at risk.

“Yung pagsusuot ng iba’t ibang uniform ay posibleng samantalahin ng mga sindikato, ng iba’t ibang grupo na posibleng gumawa ng mga krimen sa loob ng mall at iba pang business establishments [Syndicates and other bad elements who would want to commit crimes inside the malls and other business establishments might take advantage of the varying uniforms of security guards],” Villaflor said.

The official also warned that security officers caught wearing themed costumes will be fined with P10,000 for the first offense. Their security agency will also be meted out with P10,000 fine.

The security agency will also be at risk of having their permit to operate canceled in case of repeated violations. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PNP warns of ‘tokhang’ for security firms keeping high powered firearms

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2019

File photo: Assault machine guns

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Civil Security Group (PNPCSG) warns security agencies of facing ‘tokhang’ if they will not surrender all high-powered firearms in their possession.

According to PNP-CSG Director Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo, since May 20, 2017, the law prohibits civilians from owning high-powered firearms especially those who are not members of the PNP and the military.

Only government law enforcers including members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are allowed to possess one.

Security guards, on the other hand, are allowed to possess shotguns.

“We will issue cease to operate at hindi namin ire-renew yung kanilang license to operate (we will not renew their license to operate),” warned Police BGen. Roberto Fajardo.

“I-tokhang na natin yang may mga high powered firearms na i-surrender, kasi ang tokhang ay pakiusap e na iturn over yung kanilang high powered, so itokhang natin (We will place them under tokhang if they will not surrender their high-powered firearms. Tokhang is ‘knock and plead’ so we will ask them to surrender them),” the PNP CSG director added.

Meanwhile, Fajardo noted that they will investigate why security firm AY-Security Specialist Incorporated in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental still owns high-powered firearms.

The firearms were discovered when members of the New People’s Army (NPA) stormed the security agency and robbed about five units of AK-47 in August 19.

“(Si) President na ang nag utos na wala dapat high powered firearms ang mga different security agencies (No less than the President ordered that security agencies should not be safekeeping high-powered firearms),” Fajardo said.

“Unang-una kasi hindi naman sila trained to use high powered firearms so ire-revoke namin yung mga licenses (Primarily because they are not trained to use high-powered firearms so we will revoke their licenses),” he added.

The official assured that government troops are continuously hunting the rebels who took the firearms from the agency. Apart from the AK-47 units, the rebels also took several magazines and ammunitions as well as a handheld radio device. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP recovers over 300 firearms from unauthorized security agencies

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2019

PNP officials inspect over 300 firearms seized from unauthorized security agencies in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recovered a total of 331 firearms from security agencies in Metro Manila issued with Cease to Operate (CTO) order.

The PNP Civil Security Group-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) presented to media on Wednesday (May 8) 250 firearms from involved security agencies, while 81 were recovered during the conduct of post to post inspection in the duration of the election period from January 13 to present.

The firearms recovered include:

(55) 12 GA Shotgun

(39) 9mm pistol

(222) .38 caliber

(10) Super .38 caliber

(1) caliber 380

(2) CAL .32

(2) Mac Intretac

The security guards involved were also issued with violation ticket report.

The confiscation and issuance of VTR stemmed from the agencies’ lack of license to exercise the security profession of security guards.

The crackdown on unauthorized security agencies is in line with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde’s directive to SOSIA to “revisit the hiring process of security guards and intensify the conduct of post to post inspection.”

This, after the arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention who posed as security guard in Muntinlupa City.

Since the start of the election period, the PNP has recovered a total of 1,257 firearms from unauthorized security agencies that violated the CTO order and through the post to post inspections of police authorities across the country. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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