Mas istrikto na panuntunan sa pagpapahintulot sa pagdadala ng baril sa labas ng tahanan o maaring pagkansela sa Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs) ang mas epektibong solusyon sa patuloy na paglaganap ng krimen, kumpara sa pag-armas ng sibilyan.
Ito ang iginiit ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson matapos na lumutang ang ideyang pag-aarmas sa mga sibilyan laban sa mga kriminal.
Ayon kay Lacson na namuno sa PNP mula 1999 hanggang 2001, magbubunsod lamang ng karagdagang krimen kung pag-armasin ang ilang sibilyan partikular na ang tinaguriang anti-crime “volunteers.”
“Arming civilians to fight criminality could backfire, especially if they don’t have the proper training and mindset. In the United States, there have been so many fatal shootings due to loose firearm laws,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa isang media forum sa Maynila.
Stricter gun control measures by the Philippine National Police, including the more stringent issuance or even suspension of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs), would be a better solution to stopping criminality than arming civilians, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Sunday.
Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, warned that the prospect of issuing firearms to anti-crime “volunteers” to help enforce the law may result in even more crime, especially if this is abused.
“Arming civilians to fight criminality could backfire, especially if they don’t have the proper training and mindset. In the United States, there have been so many fatal shootings due to loose firearm laws,” he said at a forum in Manila.
“The shooting incidents involving policemen not on duty – such as Jonel Nuezca in December 2020, and Hensie Zinampan earlier this year – should serve as a valuable lesson to us. That is why I had suggested as a policy recommendation that policemen should turn in their issued firearms to their units’ armorer or supply officer when on off-duty status, and should not be issued PTCFORs while still in the active service. If our law enforcers who are supposed to be trained are prone to lapses, how much more in the case of untrained civilians?” Lacson added.
If what’s on video tells the whole story, I enjoin the Philippine National Police leadership to show no mercy. They should spare no effort to make sure that he rots in jail. He’s the last policeman that they need in the force.
As a policy recommendation, policemen should turn in their issued firearms to their unit’s armorer or supply officer when on off-duty status. That said, they should not be issued Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) while still in the active service.
The PNP should always uphold its motto “To Serve and Protect.” That includes taking appropriate steps to protect our people from scalawags in their ranks, whether they are on duty or not.