Robin Padilla surrenders firearms

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MOVIE Actor Robin Padilla on Friday yielded to the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) several of his firearms, including two automatic assault rifles and a machine gun, after their licenses have expired.

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Padilla, also known as “Binoe” in Philippine cinema, brought to the PNP-FEO in Camp Crame at noontime four of his high-powered firearms that included two M16 rifle, an M1 Garand and a 30-caliber machine gun.

The actor said he had decided to yield his high-powered firearms, as he wanted to become a “perfect example” to gun owners, that they should always abide by the law and just stop complaining.

Padilla’s legal counsel, lawyer Philip Jurado, explained that the actor surrendered his firearms while waiting for PNP to give him license to own and carry them.

At the same time, Padilla criticized the management of the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) after the discovery of a huge stash of recycled firearms inside the prison compound that, in the past, also became his home for a few years, when he was imprisoned for illegal possession of firearms.

The actor said the NBP was “cleansed” during the time that he was incarcerated under the watch of former NBP Director Vicente Vinarao.

“Nalinis na ito noong panahon ni Vinarao… pero naibalik ang mga kababalaghan sa loob ng NBP dahil sa palpak na pamamalakad,” Padilla told reporters in Camp Crame.

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