DAVAO CITY, December 4, (PIA)- The 19th City Council unanimously approved a resolution asking the Philippine National Police Acting Director General to continue to suspend the Permit-To-Carry-Firearms-Outside-Residence (PTCFOR) for one year in the area jurisdiction of the city, with the impending lifting of the Martial Law by December 31, 2019.
City Council Committee on Peace and Order Chair Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta said the motion is asked personally by Police Colonel Kirby John Kraft, director of the Davao City Police Office upon the recommendation of City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
"It will only take effect on the area jurisdiction of Davao City, upon the request of the leadership of the DCPO," she said.
Sunga said the resolution will be sent to the Police National Headquarters where the PNP Chief decides to grant the request or not.
Kraft who was present in the deliberation said with the lifting of the Martial Law by December 31, 2019, many people especially those who have PTCFOR expect to carry their firearms.
He said that the culture of security established by the DCPO and the Task Force Davao guarantees the safety and security of all the Davaoenos.
"We believe that there is no need to carry their firearms in Davao City," Kraft said.
He said that way for it to happen is to request the PNP Chief for the suspension of the PTCFOR in Davao City only.
Kraft said the PNP chief has the authority to issue and to suspend the PTCFOR.
He said the current situation proves that Davaoenos who have PTCFOR are safe in Davao City.
Kraft said under the present circumstances where Martial Law is in effect, carrying of guns even with PCTFOR is banned.
"We are sure that Davaoenos are protected," he stressed. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)