Central Visayas police intensify campaign vs loose firearms

Published November 26, 2022, 5:55 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — Police in Central Visayas have intensified their campaign against loose firearms.

Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, chief of the Police Regional Office-7, on Friday, Nov. 25, checks the loose firearms that were surrendered or seized by the Regional Mobile Force Battalion-7, which is based in Sibonga, Cebu.

One of the police units in Central Visayas that has seized numerous firearms is the Regional Mobile Force Battalion-Central Visayas (RMFB-7), which is based in Sibonga town, southern Cebu.

Since August 1, the time when Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. was named as chief of the Philippine National Police, the RMFB-7 has recovered 93 loose firearms.

Lt. Col. Ronan Claravall, Force Commander of RMFB-7, said the firearms were either seized or turned over to the various maneuver companies (MCs) of RMFB-7.

RMFB-7 has five MCs based in Bogo City (701st), Loon, Bohol (702nd), Mantalongon, Dalaguete (703rd), Mabinay, Negros Oriental (704th) and Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental (705th).

Claravall said there will be no let-up in RMFB-7’s campaign to recover loose firearms.

“These loose firearms can be sold and may be used in criminal activities. That’s why our personnel are doubling their efforts in the fight against loose firearms,” said Claravall.

Claravall has advised those who are keeping unlicensed firearms to surrender them to authorities.

Claravall added that the RMFB-7 has been coordinating with local government units in their bid to recover more loose firearms.

“We encourage our people who are keeping loose firearms to surrender them because you will be facing bigger problems if you get caught possessing unlicensed guns,” said Claravall.