Over 8,000 guns seized in PNP's 3-month operations

Police seized more than 8,000 loose firearms in the series of operations across the country in the past three months.

Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the same operations that include checkpoint operations and anti-drug operations also resulted in the arrest of 2,471 people.

He said the confiscated firearms of various types and calibers were from different police operations nationwide from July to October 8 this year.

Aside from the 8,255 loose firearms were recovered, surrendered, and confiscated, Azurin said while a total of 4,895 firearms were turned in to police for safe keeping.

Earlier, Azurin directed all police offices around the country to sustain its campaign against loose firearms and other lawless elements.

"This is part of our efforts to keep the streets safe from criminals, especially this Holiday season. One firearm confiscated can be equated to a minimum of one life saved," said Azurin.