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    Phl lawmakers: Where did the firearms go?

    THREE police generals-turned-lawmakers on Wednesday urged Congress to investigate the reported dubious release by a unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of around 900 high-powered firearms to police auxiliaries and security agencies.
    In House Resolution 772, Reps. Romeo Acop, Samuel Pagdilao Jr. and Leopoldo Bataoil asked the House Committee on Public Order and Safety to determine the implications of the reported release of the high-powered firearms to the government’s campaign against loose firearms.
    The lawmakers sought the probe after President Benigno Aquino III publicly revealed that a certain unit of PNP in Camp Crame has reportedly released up to 900 high-powered firearms to various groups.
    Aquino said the released firearms consisting of AK47 and M16 assault rifles were "excessive" and "apparently were not meant for the recipients."
    Director General Felipe Rojas Jr., Deputy Chief for Administration, denied any involvement by the PNP and suggested that the private groups themselves might have imported the firearms.
    "The alleged dubious transfer of such high-powered firearms to private groups is particularly disturbing as it came in the heels of a successful crackdown by the PNP on loose firearms dubbed Oplan Katok," Acop said.
    He added: "If there is some truth to it, it will cast a lingering doubt on the sincerity and capability of the PNP to effectively implement Republic Act No. 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions recently passed by Congress aimed at arresting the proliferation of illegal firearms to protect the people against violence and maintain peace and order."
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