ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) has turned over Friday 863 loose firearms to the Regional Civil Security Unit-9 (RCSU-9) for safekeeping.
Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, PRO-9 director, led the turnover of the loose firearms around 10 a.m. to the RCSU-9 in Camp Gen. Eduardo Batalla here.
Lt. Col. Garry Bahoy, RCSU-9 chief, received the loose firearms from Simborio in a simple ceremony.
"These firearms are an accumulation from confiscation and surrender of firearms from communist rebels and other lawless elements and also a result of the OPLAN (Operation Plan) 'Katok,'" Simborio said.
Oplan Katok is a continuing program of the Philippine National Police wherein police personnel visit the houses of registered gun owners to validate the current status of the firearms in their possession.
Of the total, 245 loose firearms were either surrendered or confiscated by the Zamboanga City police office.
The others were confiscated by the following police units: Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office, 284; Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office, 178; Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office, 127; and, Isabela City Police Station, 29.
The turnover of loose firearms was witnessed by other PRO-9 officials and a representative from the Commission on Elections (Comelec). (PNA)