THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement next month a nationwide gun amnesty program that will allow owners of illegal guns to acquire licenses, a police official said on Tuesday.
The PNP estimated early this year that there were more than 600,000 loose firearms all over the country, not a few in the possession of rebel groups, criminal elements and private armed groups.
PNP public information officer, Chief Supt. Rueben Theodore Sindac, said the gun amnesty program was mandated by Republic Act 10591 that was passed by more than a year ago.
The amnesty program will give holders of loose firearms a chance to have them legitimized and documented, Sindac told a press briefing in Camp Crame.
He added that gun amnesty must be implemented six months after the law was signed and the implementing rules and regulations were issued.
Sindac said the primary objective of the gun amnesty is to account for loose firearms and to prevent their being used in nefarious activities.
He said he was not sure how long the gun amnesty program would be implemented.