MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will have no choice but to visit the home of radio commentator Erwin Tulfo to seize his firearms if he fails to do so, a police official said Tuesday.
This as Tulfo's camp has reached out to the PNP firearms division and expressed readiness to surrender his guns following the expiration of his license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF), said PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.
“Kapag makita natin na walang kaukulang aksyon ay maaari na nating isagawa ang ikalawang bahagi ng ating programa, 'yung ‘Oplan Katok,’” Banac said in a press conference at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.
(If we see that there was no action on his part, we will implement the second phase of our program, 'Oplan Katok'.)
Banac explained that Tulfo will still have to surrender his firearms even if he was already processing the renewal of his LTOPF.
He said that in renewing his firearms license, Tulfo will have to undergo drug and neuro-psychiatric tests.
Tulfo earlier had a tussle with the Philippine Military Academy alumni after he barated one of its members, Social Welfare Secretary and former Philippine Army chief Rolando Bautista.
He lashed out at Bautista for failing to immediately grant him an on-air interview. There was no prior request and Bautista said he was busy at the time Tulfo's show called.
In his on-air tirade that enraged current and former soldiers, Tulfo threatened to slap Bautista and to shove his face down the toilet bowl.
In apparent retaliation by the PNP, whose leadership is composed of PMA alumni, Tulfo was stripped of his police escorts.
PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde admitted that Tulfo’s tirade against Bautista was partly the reason for the recall.
The PMA alumni group has also declared Tulfo persona non grata.