Cebu City mayor recalls all firearms issued by city gov’t

CEBU CITY — Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Joel Doria said he will heed Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s order to return all firearms issued to the police by the city government, saying this will not affect their operations.

“The Philippine National Police has issued us firearms so we will just use those,” Doria said.

Osmena has issued a memorandum ordering the CCPO, city councilors, department heads, barangay officials and Cebu City Hall employees to return the firearms issued by the city government for an inventory.

Osmena earlier put on hold the turnover of some 40 vehicles intended for the police after some police officials, including the then CCPO Director, Sr. Supt. Benjamin Santos Jr., was replaced against his wishes.

Records in the General Service Office (GSO) showed the city has 254 assorted firearms, including 24 20-gauge shotguns, 59 9mm pistols, and 61 .38 caliber revolvers.

Ronald Malacora, GSO Officer-In-Charge, said 22 of the 70 firearms issued have been returned to their office.

As this developed, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Chief Supt. Noli Talino challenged Doria to prove to Osmeña that he is serious about the fight against illegal drugs.

“I told him to do something to show you deserve to be the director of Cebu City,” Talino said.

Taliño said Doria has his full trust and confidence.

He said PRO 7 received Friday from Camp Crame 21 patrol cars, which will be given to different units, including the CCPO. PNA/northboundasia.com