The camp of broadcaster Erwin Tulfo has already reached out to the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) regarding his expired License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF).
During a press briefing on Tuesday, June 11, acting PNP Spokesperson PCol. Bernard Banac admitted that Tulfo promised to immediately renew his LTOPF.
However, Banac said that while Tulfo promised to renew his LTOPF, the PNP still waits for the broadcaster to voluntarily surrender temporarily his firearms to any police station or office of the PNP-FEO.
Banac reiterated the warning of PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde that Tulfo will be subjected to ‘Oplan Katok’ and or issued a search warrant if he fails to surrender his firearms.
“Iyon na yung pagbisita mismo sa residence, or place sa of business, or office ng gun-owner at muling ipapaalala ang kusang pag-suko ng baril,” Banac said regarding ‘Oplan Katok’.
Banac stressed that the PNP-FEO requires individuals to surrender their registered firearms while renewing their LTOPF.
“Yung renewal kasi it takes some time. Kinakailangan personal na gagawin ito. Meron diyang bahagi na drug testing, meron din yung neuro-psychiatric tests, at interview,” the PNP official explained.
“Ang ating inaala dito ay kung during the renewal process maaring naantala or nagkaroon ng lakad or pag-biyahe sa abroad. In the meantime, paso yung license. Yung mismong possession of the firearm is unauthorized,” he added.
Meanwhile, Banac assured that the decision of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. to declare Tulfo as ‘person non grata’ will not prevent the broadcaster from entering Camp Crame and renew his LTOPF.