PNP wants answers why guns in convict’s cell

member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows the new Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols after a distribution ceremony of the pistols at the police headquarters in Manila July 2, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino attended the ceremony in which 22,603 pistols were distributed to PNP officers as part of the government’s effort to arm each police officer in the country with a handgun in order to strengthen the police force, local media reported. (MNS photo)

member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows the new Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols after a distribution ceremony of the pistols at the police headquarters in Manila July 2, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino attended the ceremony in which 22,603 pistols were distributed to PNP officers as part of the government’s effort to arm each police officer in the country with a handgun in order to strengthen the police force, local media reported. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 20 (Mabuhay) – The original owners of the firearms found in the prison cell of Peter Co will be held liable after the guns were discovered in the possession of the drug convict.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Licensing Division said it will write to the original owners and ask them to explain why the pistols ended up with Co.

The owners are expected to reply within 10 working days. A PNP board will then decide on appropriate sanctions.

Basically may liability yung may-ari ng mga pistol na yan at napunta sa ibang possession,” said Sr. Supt. Rolando Anduyan, chief of the PNP Firearms and Licensing Division.

Ang aim namin dito is for the revocation of the firearms license,” Anduyan added.

The PNP said it is also intensifying its Oplan Katok to impose stricter rules on processing firearms licenses.

The Firearms and Explosives Division of the PNP on Thursday said six guns were confiscated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from Co in a raid at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Documents showed politicians, including an incumbent congressman are registered as the owners of the guns.

One caliber .22 gun is registered under the name of Guimaras Rep. Joaquin Nava.

Another is under the name of politician Carlitos Tiquia, who ran and lost for congressman of Valenzuela.

A 9mm Taurus pistol is under the name of Vicente Alindada Jr., a barangay councilor in Sangandaan, Caloocan.

Another gun is allegedly owned by Avelino Nicanor, a government employee. It was not clear if he works at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). (MNS)

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