Issue of February 3, 2019

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Abra vice mayor surrenders firearms
by Press release

FOR SAFEKEEPING -- Vice Mayor Edwin Crisologo of Tineg, Abra surrendered to Cordillera police director, C/Supt. Rolando Nana, five assorted firearms in Bangued last week in support of the government’s campaign against loose firearms to help ensure a peaceful and orderly conduct of the midterm elections. -- PRO-Cor photo

The vice mayor of Tineg, Abra surrendered five assorted firearms to the regional director of Police Regional Office-Cordillera at Camp Juan Villamor, Bangued Abra on Jan. 29.

Tineg Vice Mayor Edwin Crisologo surrendered one garand rifle, one M16, a carbine rifle, one homemade 12 guage shotgun, and a caliber 38 revolver to PC/Supt. Rolando Nana, who was in Camp Villamor to inspect the firearms that were previously surrendered to the Abra Police Provincial Office.

Nana said the recent development is a result of PRO-Cor’s intensified campaign against loose firearms and peacekeeping programs, especially during the election period.

Crisologo encouraged all political personalities, not only in Abra but also in other provinces, who have firearms in their possession to do the same. “This is for our own good and for the public as well,” he said.

During the inspection, 68 firearms, including those surrendered by Crisologo, were exhibited and witnessed by representatives from the Commission on Elections Abra, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, and members of the media.

Among the 68 assorted low and high-powered firearms, 42 were submitted for safekeeping purposes only, while 26 were surrendered loose firearms.

“This is a manifestation that people in Abra want to change other people’s perception about this province, especially during elections.” Nana said.

He added to avoid election-related violence in the province, the PNP is again considering the conflict mediation diffusion strategy, wherein political candidates or contending parties are allowed to ventilate their emotions, sentiments, and impressions by openly bringing out personal as well as political issues against their opponents in a meeting. The CMD, conceptualized and implemented by then regional director Benjamin Magalong, led to the first Abra election that did not have a record of political killing in several decades.

Nana said the Abra police received 42 guns submitted by registered gun owners in light of the election period while 26 loose firearms were surrendered.

“This is a manifestation that the people in Abra wants a change on how other people perceive the province especially during elections,” Nana said.

Police and the military have been monitoring incidents in Abra during the election period due to its history of political violence.

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