500 toy guns destroyed in Negros Occidental

By YASMIN PASCUAL-DORMIDO, ABS-CBN News Negros

Posted at Apr 13 2009 04:49 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2009 12:49 AM

In a bid to curb crimes in the area, policemen destroyed on Monday morning about 500 toy guns confiscated in Bacolod City during the Holy Week.

The guns, estimated to be worth about P25,000, were destroyed by authorities after flag-raising ceremonies at the Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. Headquarters in Bacolod City. A Toyota Tamaraw FX driven by one of the policemen was used to run over and crush the toy guns.

The gun replicas were reportedly seized during Holy Thursday and Good Friday from 25 vendors in the cities of Sipalay, Himamaylan and Bago, Pulupandan, La Castellana, Hinobaan, and Binalbagan.

Senior Superintendent Manuel Felix, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director, said the toy guns were destroyed in accordance with Letter of Instruction (LOI) No. 1264 issued by former President Ferdinand Marcos which states that gun replicas which are similar in size, color, and shape, as original firearms should be confiscated and destroyed.

The PNP said it has received information that suspects in a series of robbery and hold-up incidents in the province used toy guns, which could easily be mistaken for real ones.

Felix added that the toy gun confiscation was part of the PNP's anti-criminality operations during the Holy Week. He said that police had recovered loose firearms, arrested rape and murder suspects, and apprehended 61 traffic rule violators over the Easter holidays.