Fifth District Cong. Niel Tupas Jr. belied allegations that Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, Jr., regional director of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), will be assigned to other regions amid the controversial issue on gun ban in northern Iloilo towns.
Tupas said the PRO-6, under the leadership of Querol, was doing its part in maintaining peaceful enforcement of gun ban in eight out of 11 towns in the Fifth District of Iloilo.
Although Tupas admitted that the suspension of permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) would just be temporary in northern Iloilo, he expressed supports to the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
He said that with the suspension of PTCFOR, it yielded positive results in the province.
Increasing criminality and loose firearms were some of the reasons of the PRO-6, based in Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City, in recommending the suspension of PTCFOR in northern Iloilo towns to PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo effective July 1, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2012.
The gun ban covers the towns of Ajuy, Balasan, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia and San Dionisio, all in 5th district while exempting the towns of Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, and Lemery.
Under the gun ban, only members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies which are performing official duties and in agency-prescribed uniforms are allowed to carry firearms in the said towns.
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