88 loose firearms, 9 explosives seized by Caraga police

By Alexander Lopez

June 22, 2024, 2:16 pm

BUTUAN CITY – The Police Regional Office in the Caraga Region (PRO-13) reported the confiscation of 88 loose firearms and nine explosives during 90 police operations in three weeks.

PRO-13 data from June 1 to 20 showed that 81 of the loose firearms were confiscated through the implementation of Oplan Bakal (Steel), six were seized through Oplan Katok (Knock) and one was from a New People’s Army rebel who surrendered during the period.

Four of the explosives were confiscated in Agusan del Norte, three in Surigao del Sur, and one each in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, the PRO-13 data indicated.

The biggest number of loose firearms seized were from Surigao del Norte with 27, Surigao del Sur with 17, Agusan del Norte with 16, Agusan del Sur with nine, Butuan City with nine, and Dinagat Islands with seven.

The remaining firearms were confiscated during operations by the regional mobile units of the PRO-13.

PRO-13 said it will continue to intensify its campaigns against loose firearms to ensure the safety and security of residents in the region. (PNA)