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Duterte reinforces gun regulations, ‘no guns for rebels’

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President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on issuing an order to reinforce regulations on the ownership and purchase of guns to prevent criminals and rebels from illegally acquiring high-caliber firearms.

Duterte is currently waiting on newly appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año to assume his post before providing directions on the strengthened inspection of firearms’ sale and purchase.

“The new DILG secretary will be Año. From there, I would provide him the guidance on how to check it out that no firearms would ever, ever land in the hands of an enemy of the state,” Duterte stressed during a gun display show hosted by the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines Inc.

Duterte plans to execute his reformed gun regulations by creating an agency with the primary objective of controlling the sale and ownership of firearms, underlining several cases of weapons and firearms sold by gun dealers coming into the possession of communist rebels and criminals.

Through this renewed commitment to tightening firearm regulations, Duterte hopes to eliminate similar instances of rebels and criminals acquiring firepower.

“The communist rebels are earning money through extortion from mining companies and large plantation owners. They have the money, so we have to control. If they wanted to buy firearms, make sure to identify them and I would create an office (to check them out),” Duterte indicated.

Duterte notified gun merchants to urge their customers to work on proper documentation of their purchases in order to procure their orders on the designated time.

The President reassured firearm dealers that this new directive will not affect the gun enterprise and will allow them to continue to “make profit” and do “business as usual”.

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