Lawmaker says stiffer measures for issuance of driver’s, gun licenses needed

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To cut road rage incidents in the Philippines, a lawmaker said that the stricter implementation on issuance of driver’s license and gun license is needed, airing concern on the series of incidents that claimed lives on the road.

Rep. Romeo Acop of Antipolo City— a former police deputy director for comptrollership during the stint of then Philippine National Police (PNP) director general and now Sen. Panfilo Lacson—said that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) could work side-by-side with regards to the requirements on issuing driver’s licenses.

“LTO must come up also with a more discriminating process of issuing drivers license. Maybe the PNP and LTO must coordinate with one another regarding the requirements,” the policeman-turned-lawmaker said.

Aside from that, Acop said that the PNP needs to strictly implement Republic Act 10591–also known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, which was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino 3rd last year.


According to him, the Congress has already passed the law that would impose stricter requirements on gun ownership and issuance of permit to carry firearm outside residence (PTCFOR) “especially on examining the frame of mind of applicants.

Acop said that the PNP leadership should make sure that gun licenses must not be taken from shady means.

Under the said law, applicants need to pass the psychiatric test administered by PNP-accredited psychologist or psychiatrist; drug test passed a gun safety seminar administered by the PNP or a registered and authorized gun club.

The applicant must also not been convicted or accused, in a pending criminal case for a crime punishable with a penalty of more than two years.

He said that there is a need for stricter issuance of the two licenses since it is with the culture of Filipinos that usually gets mad easily.

“Ang kultura kasi ng Pinoy, mainitin masyado ang ulo.  Konting away lumalaki, they flare up.  Ganyan din sa mag-asawa, sa magkaibigan lalo na at nag-iinuman, they turn violent, yun problema,” the lawmaker claimed.

“Under the new law, kumpleto na ‘yan e.  Problem is implementation. There has to be an honest to goodness implementation of the law.  Dapat mas mahigpit, especially when life and limb is involved,” he said.

The reaction was made after number of road rage incidents occurred during the Solid North bus driver Joseph Villacorta was allegedly gunned down by a certain Fredrick dela Cruz during a traffic altercation  along the national road at the boundary of Bgy. Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan and San Manuel, Tarlac.

Reports told that Dela Cruz has allegedly injured Melvin Intal, Villacorta’s conductor.

Aside from that, a 26 year old Jason Emralino (son of the late former Candelaria, Quezon mayor David Emralino) fell last December 29 on Edsa-Guadalupe after allegedly exchanging fires with security agency owner Exequiel Adora. RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4TH

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