By Genalyn Kabiling
Only the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are authorized to buy high-powered guns in the country, President Duterte announced recently as part of the stricter gun control measure.
The President has prohibited gun stores from selling high-powered firearms even to government officials, saying such weapons must be returned to the national police headquarters.
“I am ordering also the police to control the sale of — all gun stores are no longer allowed to sell high-powered guns, even to governors and mayors. Only the military and police can buy,” Duterte said during his remarks in Davao City on Friday.
“And they should be taken off their shelf and returned to (Camp) Crame and that must be reflected there kung sinong nagbili, sinong tao, anong ranggo, saang unit (the buyer, rank, and unit),” he added.
The President has sought to tighten gun purchase in the country to prevent the guns from falling into enemy hands.
Duterte also warned government troops against selling their firearms to the enemies of the state, saying they would be thrown in jail for such offense.
“If you are a soldier, you buy bullets there and somehow it reaches into the hands of the enemies of the state, be careful,” he said.
“I will be unforgiving. You will not only be discharged, I will insist that you will be in jail,” he said.
Early in his term, the President said he would no longer allow licensing of heavy firearms to civilians. He claimed that he would allow licenses for shotguns and short rifles, but not for heavy firearms like AK47s and M16s.