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Mas madali ang proseso: Guevarra welcomes PNP’s help in letting prosecutors get permit to carry guns

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday welcomed the recent pronouncement of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde that he would help prosecutors get their licenses to carry firearms, in light of the spate of killings lately with the most recent was the murder of Ombudsman prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco-Tanyag.

“That’s welcome news. In fact, we’ve coordinated with the PNP Firearms and Explosives Unit to hold one-stop caravans sa DoJ and regional prosecution offices in order to expedite the issuance of firearms permits as well as to conduct firearms handling and training,” Guevarra said.

The DoJ chief added that the DoJ may consider funding the purchase of these firearms if it was included in the present appropriations.

“If not, we will request during the next budget hearings,” he disclosed.
After visiting Tanyag’s wake on Wednesday, June 6, Albayalde bared that he had earlier met with prosecutors from the National Capital Region, Region 4, and the DoJ last week to discuss how the PNP can help them with their permits and/or renewal of licenses to carry firearms.

“Hindi lang ito [tungkol] sa safety ng Ombudsman [prosecutors],” Albayalde said.

Tanyag was the second prosecutor killed this year following the death of Quezon City prosecutor Rogelio Velasco who was gunned down by unknown assailants in Quezon City just last month.

In 2017, five other prosecutors were killed including Quezon Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Reymund Luna, Quezon City Prosecutor Johanne Noel Mingao, Caloocan Assistant City Prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon, Rizal Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Maria Ronatay, and Mandaluyong City Prosecutor Pablito Gahol.

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