PNP will no longer put tape on firearms during Yuletide season — Carlos

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will no longer put a tape on the firearms of police personnel during the Christmas and New Year revelry.

In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that in the last command conference last Thursday, there was a proposal to forego the putting of tape on the muzzle of the guns and it was approved by PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

“(As such), we will no longer put a tape in the muzzle of side firearms and long firearms of the police,” Carlos said.

”Basically, the leadership of the PNP believes that this is a disciplined organization and members of the PNP down to the patroller on the ground… the chief PNP trusts they are disciplined and professional enough that they know what is the right thing to do,” he added.

Carlos explained that the taping of muzzle of PNP personnel is “a symbolic way in the previous years of reminding our personnel not to use their guns (during the revelry) it’s a violation (of the law).”

He said the view of the PNP chief is that “the leadership trusts his personnel — they are professional and disciplined enough that we don’t need really to put tape on the muzzles of their firearms just to remind them.” Perfecto Raymundo/