MANILA - Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said gun licensing will continue to be centralized until the Philippine National Police receives the temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court.
The PNP has not laid out plans on how they will revert to the previous decentralized setup of gun licensing. They have already closed their satellite offices as a result of a new firearms law.
The high court announced the TRO on Tuesday, which covers several provisions of Republic Act 10591.
In a press conference in Baguio, SC spokesman Theodore Te said the high court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the police from implementing and enforcing the “waiver and consent” requirement in the law that licenses individuals to own guns.
This requirement gives the PNP the right to enter the homes of gun applicants for inspection.
The order also allows the continuous processing of gun licenses in all PNP regional offices. RA 10591 centralizes all firearm applications and renewals at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.
The TRO also bars the PNP from utilizing a courier service for the deliveries of approved firearms license cards.
The order is effective immediately and will only be lifted by another order from the court.
Sindac, the chief of the PNP public affairs office, said the TRO will surely affect their initiative to reform and cleanse the gun licensing processes from corruption.
He said, however, that the PNP will respect and abide by the SC decision. - with reports from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News