Friday, December 18, 2015

Authorities account 191
Firearms from Jan-Nov

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 16 (PIA)--Since January to November, police authorities have accounted 191 loose firearms as Bohol authorities continue to devise ways in efforts to make gun-freer Bohol.

This too as in the month of November alone, deaths by shooting in Bohol reach 11, and one victim was wounded, according to records from Camp Dagohoy; Bohol police headquarters. 

To date, police have conducted 172 operations, and arrested 98 persons, according to Camp Dagohoy through its operations chief PSupt Ricky Delelis.

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, Sup Delelis also said of the 191 fire-arms which they recovered from elements, 66 of these are considered high powered while some 125 are low powered. 

In line with their Oplan Bakal and Oplan Sita, police authorities have implemented their Oplan Katok, going to residences of those who own licensed fire-arms but have failed to renew them, in a bid to reactivate their lists and update those owners of the laws on keeping licensed weapons, police sources said.

In the 172 operations conducted, the police have filed 190 cases, of which could bring imprisonment provisions of up to 30 years, for illegal possession of high powered firearms. 

PNP Director General Alan Purisima has approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violation. 

Penalties of illegal possession of loose firearms, range from prision mayor for low powered firearms and up to reclusion perpetual or life sentence for high powered firearms, according to RA 10591. 

In Bohol, where residents recently observed summary killings of criminals and drug offenders, police authorities need to double up on the campaign to recover these weapons.

In the past weeks, five people died by shooting and one was wounded in Tagbilaran while two also died in Danao town.

During the same period, Candijay, Sierra Bullones, Candijay and Tubigon each registered shooting incidents all killing the victims.

According to police sources, two of the killings were drug related, another two were personal grudges and one for theft. The rest, that is in seven of the cases, motives of killing remain under investigation as police yet could not determine it. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

LTO delegates enforcement to 
LGUs as traffic deaths reach 12

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 16 (PIA)--Clearly under-manned and getting more and more helpless, the local Land Transportation Office (LTO) is now hoping its delegation of traffic management tasks to local governments helps, as November saw 22% increase in harmful traffic incidents of which claimed 12 lives.

From five cases homicide as a result of traffic related incidents in October, the case zoomed past 58% or some 12 deaths in November, reports Camp Dagohoy operations chief Police Superintendent Ricky Delelis.

This too as authorities scramble to find solutions to the worsening traffic problem, a huge bulk of which can be drastically curtailed if traffic rules are strictly enforced. 

Moreover, a PPOC special action committee proposal is for the motorcycle dealerships to demand credit investigation records for creditors.

Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio III said with the ease of putting easy and low down payment terms to get new motorcycles, criminals just get vehicles and abandon the credit few months later or after they have consummated their crimes. 

Damalerio believes that with this system, those creditors who abandon their credit lines after they have consummated their criminal activities can now be pinpointed and easily traced. 

For lack of law enforcement and regulations, unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles, over speeding freaks and drunk drivers continue to pose risks to commuters, motorists and pedestrians in Bohol, all because the LTO is just too thinly spread.

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held at the Reynas Garden and Haven, Bohol LTO Registrar Erwin Patalinghug said they have been deputizing traffic agents even as they urge local government units to exercise their powers to help resolve the traffic problems. 

And as if to italicize the need for a more pro-active solution to the worsening traffic situation due to unhampered driving, Bohol Provincial Police Office reports that November saw 291 traffic incidents, 12 of which resulted to death.

Police also noted some 19% increase in physical injuries caused by traffic accidents as the crime statisticians listed 150 cases in the 241 traffic incidents. 

It may be recalled that PSSupt Dennis Agustin reported in Calape PPOC that of the traffic related incidents in October, 121 of the resulted in physical injuries for either the drivers, back riders or pedestrians involved in these incidents. 

Camp Dagohoy operations chief said they also tracked the 79 cases of damage to property as a result of traffic related incidents all over Bohol in November. 

The figure is in fact some 22% higher than the ones recorded in October which only had 62 cases. 

November shows 79 cases of traffic related incidents resulting to damage to property. This is 17 cases more that what police listed incidents in October. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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