In line with the Oplan Katok program of the Philippine National Police, unrenewed firearms and accessories owned by a former presiding judge in Negros Oriental were voluntarily surrendered by his sister to police on Saturday.
Police General Debold M Sinas, Chief PNP announced the turn-in of various firearms and accessories by ATTY. VIOLETA OLPOS BALDADO,72 years old, former prosecutor of Bais City Negros Oriental and the sister of the late Hon. Ismael Baldado, the owner of the said armaments.
Citing the report of Police Major General Albert Ignatius D Ferro, CIDG Director, Sinas said ATTY. BALDADO voluntarily surrendered the unrenewed firearms to elements of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Negros Oriental PFU during the conduct of Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operation (SACLEO) through "Oplan Katok" at Aglipay St., Brgy II, Bais City, Negros Oriental.
Further reports disclosed that in the presence of Jennifer Dela Torre and Junafe Real-Baldado, both are immediate family members of the late Hon. Baldado, these following firearms were surrendered:
a. One (1) Unit COLT M16-Caliber 5.56mm with serial number 4747;
b. One (1) Unit CARBINE RIFLE Cal. 30 MII with serial number 949609;
c. One (1) Unit CARBINE RIFLE Cal. 30 MII with serial number 170960;
d. One (1) Unit INGRAM MII Cal. 9MM with serial number 951468;
e. One (1) Unit SMITH & WESSON Cal. 38 Revolver without serial number;
f. One (1) pc. Steel Magazine for Carbine Rifle;
g. One (1) pc. Steel Magazine for Ingram-MII;
h. One (1) pc. Steel Magazine for M16 Rifle;
i. Twenty-Five (25) pcs. Live ammunition Caliber 5.56 for M16 Rifle; and
g. Sixteen (16) pcs. Live ammunition for Cal. 38 Revolver.
The surrendered firearms and accessories were brought to CIDG NegOr PFU for temporary custody and safe keeping.
"We are reminding gun owners/holders of their obligation to renew the licenses of their firearms and to surrender these to the nearest police station for safekeeping when they are unable to do so", Sinas said.
"The PNP will strictly implement regulations against loose firearms in accordance with the existing law and penalties for violations of Section 19 of Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the "Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act", Sinas added.