A timely move

October 6, 2023 People's Tonight 272 views

PEACE-loving people, including the ordinary citizens, have raised the alarm signals that the presence of unlicensed firearms adversely affects efforts to speed up the nation’s socio-economic development.

That’s why we commend Secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. of the Department of National Defense (DND), a bar topnother, for emphasizing the need to run after the manufacturers of illegal guns.

In the Philippines, violence against unsuspecting individuals, including students and ordinary wage earners, are committed with the use of unlicensed or loose firearms.

Like other Filipinos, we share the view of the DND chief that concerned government authorities ought to hit hard at the demand source and supply source.

Teodoro said this is necessary because private armed groups, more popularly known as PAGs, are now manufacturing weapons that can be used to target and maim peace-loving people.

During national, local and even barangay elections, members of private armies of unscrupulous local politicians use firearms, licensed and unlicensed, to intimidate their political rivals.

And the nation’s electorate goes to the polls anew on October 30, Monday, to elect new barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials throughout the Philippines.

To minimize the commission of crimes, the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies must undertake serious campaigns against loose firearms.

But like what the DND chief said, it’s about time that government authorities hit hard at those manufacturing unlicensed firearms not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.

“Sa totoo lang, sila ang dapat mabulok sa kulungan para wala ng gagawa ng mga iligal na baril na siyang madalas gamitin ng mga mamamatay tao, magnanakaw at holdaper,” an irate farmer said.