4 owned by ecija slain priest

October 10, 2018
Ponciano Zafra
Nueva Ecija police director Senior Supt. Eliseo T. Tanding examines a long firearm, one of 486 assorted guns that were seized and kept for safekeeping by the police during the conduct of Oplan Katok and Sita operations by the police from Sept. 1 to Oct. 9. The gun haul was presented to the media last Tuesday at the PMFB gym. Photo shows PD Tanding standing beside Cabanatuan City police commander Supt. Ponciano Zafra, whose station has the most number of guns seized. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO

486 firearms featured in gun show.

CABANATUAN City -- At least 486 assorted long and short firearms, including four owned by murdered Catholic prelate Fr. Richmond Nilo, were put in display for media viewing in a supposed “gun show” highlighting the accomplishments of the Nueva Ecija police pertaining to its Oplan Katok and Oplan Sita in the province.

These firearms were either seized during police operations or kept for safekeeping after its owners voluntarily surrendered them to the authorities, said provincial police director Senior Supt. Eliseo T. Tanding.

Of the 486 weapons on display, four of which belong to the late Fr. Nilo, also a gun owner, who was murdered while about to celebrate Mass in a chapel in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija last June 10, said Tanding.

Fr. Nilo’s surrendered two pistols, a shotgun and a high-powered rifle, he said.

The provincial police chief, who is celebrated his birthday yesterday (Oct. 10), led the firearms presentation at the Nueva Ecija Provincial Mobile Force gymnasium Tuesday morning.

During the presentation, the police showcased their accomplishments with regard to the intensified implementation of Oplan Katok, Oplan Sita, search and checkpoint operations which they conducted starting from Sept. 1 to October 9.

The subjects of these Oplan Katok operations were private individuals, politicians, the provincial and various local government units, including the provincial jail and even policemen like himself, Tanding said.

“It is important to conduct a physical accounting of these firearms in line with the PNP’s Oplan Katok program where the houses of gun-owners were visited and these gun-owners were informed to renew their licenses or else their guns with expired licenses will be considered as loose firearms,” he told reporters yesterday.

During the gun presentation, the Cabanatuan City police, led by Supt. Ponciano Zafra, topped the list among the PNP municipal and city stations, with 58 firearms deposited for safekeeping and seized during the Sept. 1 to Oct. 9 period.

With two days left before the start of the filing of the certificates of candidacies for next year’s elections today, Tanding said they are conducting intensified anti-criminality operations in strategic locations throughout the province in preparation for the holding of peaceful and orderly midterm elections next year.