MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has discovered through its "Oplan Katok" program that over 70,000 gun holders used fictitious addresses.
The program, which started last year, aims to curb the number of loose firearms and guns with expired licenses.
PNP Firearms and Explosives Division Chief Supt. Louis Oppus said police visited 507,048 gun licensees.
Among this number, they found out that 71,438 gun owners submitted fake addresses, while 25,776 licensees are already dead.
The program also discovered that there are 7,365 fictitious gun owners.
About 15,166 licenses were already transferred, while 18,178 were sold but licenses were not transferred to new owners.
Oppus said they will consider these firearms "loose" once the license expires.
He added that gun owners can still avail of the amnesty on firearms after the implementing rules and regulations on the Firearms Control Law is implemented.
The implementing rules and regulations of the Firearms Control Law would have stricter measures, so as to avoid corruption and use of influence in gun license procedures.