LMP PRESIDENT SLAMS GUN BAN
League to make collective stand
By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
THE League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Iloilo will meet next week to come up with a collective stand against the gun ban in the 5th district.Mayor Ma. Theresa Debuque of Anilao, LMP-Iloilo president, said they will also invite S/Supt. Gil Lebin, Iloilo provincial police director, to present the peace and order profile of the province.
“The gun ban has no concrete basis and we want to know the real score. After the meeting, we will come out with a resolution seeking a recall of the suspension of permits to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR),” Debuque told The Daily Guardian.
Debuque said they were surprised by the move of PNP regional director Cipriano Querol in seeking the suspension of PTCFOR because they doubt its basis.
“The chiefs of police and the director did not even report on rising criminality in any part of the province. It was only the regional director,” she added.
The LMP head said they will be inclined to watch out for Querol’s future moves since he is inclined to decide sans consultation with local officials.
“Even if he does not consult us, at least he should present a valid basis. Daw gina-martial law lang kami (It seems like Martial Law),” Debuque said.
Debuque also reminded the police that local governments also share the responsibilities in maintaining peace and order.
“If there are new policies from the national government, the local government units are the ones doing the dirty work. We also shoulder required resources such as fuel, materiel and financial help. And then we will be surprised with policies without giving us enough basis through consultations,” she said.
Apparently caught in between his immediate superior and local officials, Lebin said he will obey whatever orders handed down by the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).
“Whatever is the decision of the higher ups, we in the lower units will follow,” he said.
When asked about the “rising criminality” in northern Iloilo, Lebin said the media could have reported the issue even before the gun ban was imposed.
“You in the media would know if there is extreme lawlessness in the area. Even simple cases of homicide are reported, how much more pa ang bigger incidents?” Lebin said.