The Problem with Changing of the Guard
The perennial problem with dealing with government agencies is that every time there i a change of administration, or a revamp or a reshuffle, the policies also change, oftentimes drastically. This latest problem of refusal of the PNP FED to issue permits to carry outside of reisdence or permits to transport which are only for a few days or event specific, highlights this recurring issue. A statement from the "desk of the president" of the PPSA blog was picked up which stated that as per their meetng with Chief PNP and other officials, no more PTTs were going to be issued for 3 months, as previously was the case. Instead, they would only be for a few days to a week at most. Likewise, there is talk that PTTs would now be 'merged" with the PTCFORs, if at all they would be allowed to be issued.
With no official change in the rules or law (ironically the much-assailed RA 10591 mentions PTTs), long standing policy dating back to the early 90's has been reversed. This is not the first time this has happened: in the late 90s for the brief period that he was Chief PNP, Ping Lacson refused to issue PTCFORs except to the criminal cronies of then president Erap Estrada. Understandably, the gun community and gun owners are upset due to this ever changing see-saw of policies regarding firearms. When will we ever have a STABLE POLICY on firearms which shall be the rule to be followed throughout the land for a long period of time? Changing policies abruptly, due simply because of the changing of the guard, does not contribute to the stability of the nation. It also brings to question the motives for the abrupt changes as well as suspicions of graft and corruption.
A changing of the guard should not automatically bring a change in fundamental policies which have been in place, and successfully implemented for years. Also, it would help if upon these changes of polices, the REASON or BASIS for the change would be made known or EXPLAINED to the public, so as to alleviate overwhelmingly negative public sentiments and accusations of corruption.