MANILA - The Philippine National Police is seeking a new courier service provider that will deliver gun licenses to firearms owners after terminating the services of Werfast Documentation Agency Inc.
In a statement, PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said the PNP Civil Security Group is now in the process of finalizing the terms of reference that will pave the way for the accreditation of other courier service companies that will take over the responsibility of delivering gun licenses to the residences of authorized gun owners.
Sindac said the accreditation of a courier service provider "precludes exclusivity and gives the PNP the discretion to accredit other companies as may be necessary to ensure service efficiency."
Werfast came under fire for delayed deliveries or non-delivery of licenses; non-issuance of official receipts; its reported use of LBC, another courier firm, to deliver the licenses, and its high delivery charge.
Werfast bagged the delivery contract in May 25, 2011 even before the company was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lawyer Rod Moreno, vice president of Gun Owners Against Congressional Tyranny, earlier said Werfast charges P190 courier fee for Metro Manila deliveries and P290 courier fee for provincial deliveries.
ProGun Philippines President Ernesto Tabujara said Werfast would sometimes deliver the licenses 3 to 5 months after the application, which is way past the one-month period for normal deliveries.
He said the deliveries are done during working hours, when the gun owner is usually not at home. Werfast would then claim that the address of the gun owner is fictitious.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima earlier defended Werfast's higher delivery fees, saying that the business needs to earn money.
"Negosyo yan e. Kung ikaw ay nag ne-negosyo, kailangan kumita ka. Am I right? Ngayon, yung sinasabi ninyong diskarte nila, I do not know because I am not Werfast. Ang importante lang sa akin ay makarating yung lisensya sa bahay at sa tamang tao," Purisima said.
An ABS-CBN News source had said Werfast is backed by Purisima.
PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) Director Louie Oppus earlier said Werfast will finish deliveries of gun licenses in their possession.