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Police strengthens drive against loose firearms in Region 2

Echague Isabela, May 22- The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional command 2 has strengthened its campaign against loose firearms in the region, as they conducted series of operations on "Kontra Boga."
Echague Isabela
In the report of regional director, Atty. Rodrigo P. de Gracia, the latest operation conducted by the Valley Cops has resulted into the arrest of two individuals for illegal possession of firearms in separate operations in Isabela and Quirino provinces.
Echague Isabela
De Gracia said that the Diffun Police Station, Quirino Police Provincial Office has arrested one suspect while on possession of a caliber 22 loaded with two live ammunitions, through the assistance of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams in Brgy. Maria Clara in the said municipality.
Echague Isabela
Last May 14, another suspect was arrested by the elements of Echague police station after a complaint was filed against him in Brgy. Sto Domingo for assault, with the use of a gauge 12 shotgun. Cases for violation of RA 8294 against the suspects are now being prepared for filing in court.
Echague Isabela
The director stated further that campaign against loose firearms need to be strengthened, especially that election campaign is fast approaching, as they were ordered by the Chief-PNP to brace for any eventuality in relation to forthcoming elections.
Echague Isabela
He further ordered police units to conduct series of operations against loose firearms and tapped local officials, especially barangay officials, to determine those who are handling firearms that are unlicensed.
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