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The Magic 160

In 1999, then Chief PNP Panfilo Lacson refused to issue PTCFORs to licensed  gun owners and the general public. Instead, in his entire term he issued only about 160 PTCFORs mostly to cronies of ERAP such as Fernando Poe Jr, Atong Ang, Dante Tan, and Mark Jimenez. These lucky persons were known as the "magic 160".

Today 11 years later we still have the issue or selective issuances of firearms permits to civilians. There is no longer any "Magic 160" Today it is more like the "Magic 10". The issue today is no longer cronyism. Rather, the issue today is insensitivity and ignorance.

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