BACOLOD City – Only the police and the military should carry firearms, said Major Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
Aying made the pronouncement in a press conference of Task Force Buglas on Aug. 8, 2017 at the social hall of the provincial capitol together with Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander Col. Eleizer Lozanes and Dr. Marlin Sanogal, Provincial Planning and Development Officer of the province of Negros Occidental.
The statement was in response to the reported proposal of Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña to President Rodrigo Duterte to deputize 1.5 million licensed gun owners “to participate and assist in the anti- terrorism campaign of the government.”
While he respects Peña’s suggestion, Aying said he has doubts that the move may “evolve into private armed groups (PAGs).”
It may cause another problem, he pointed out.
Aying also pointed out that PAGs are “included in our anti- criminality campaign.”