PROGUN Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the act of a dernaged gunman who killed 50 people and wounded 500 more in Las Vegas, again the debate rages as to who or what is to blame for this. The easy scapegoat is to blame the gun(s). But the logic of doing so, seems to beg the issue that […] Continue Reading

Please do not fire your guns on New Year’s Eve

PROGUN supports this call, as it has always advocated over the past years, for licensed gun owners to refrain from firing their guns in the air on new year’s eve. The number of injuries and deaths due to stray bullets has gone down drastically over the past years due to our campaign. Let us keep […] Continue Reading

PROGUN CANDIDATES 2016

PROGUN respectfully endorses the following candidates for the 2016 elections. President – GRACE POE. As Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs, Senator Poe was instrumental in 2014 when she listened to our call regarding the need to amend the oppressive provisions of IRR of RA 10591. Sen. Poe, through her […] Continue Reading

2015 New Year’s Eve Stray Bullet Injuries Substantially Down This Year

As reported by the Department of Health as of 2 January, the number of victims of stray bullets due to indiscriminate firing is Four (4). Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/01/01/16/firecracker-stray-bullet-injuries-down-53-pct-doh (This is less one which was due to an accidental discharge). This number has gone down considerably from what it was in previous years and decades before wherein […] Continue Reading

An Appeal: Please Do not Fire your guns on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is once again coming up and PROGUN wishes to greet all responsible gun owners a happy New Year! We are also appealing to all gunowners not to fire your guns on New Year’s Eve. Our track record of responsible gun ownership and education over the past decade had drastically REDUCED deaths and […] Continue Reading

Actor Robin Padilla turns in his licensed guns: The case against Ex Post Fact application of Gun Law RA 10591

Yesterday an article appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer stating that actor Robin Padilla surrendered and turned over his licensed firearms to the Philippine National Police because he was allegedly disqualified under the new law RA 10591 from possessing firearms due to his 1993 conviction for illegal possession of firearms: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/737567/robin-padilla-surrenders-guns-asks-pnp-to-take-care-of-his-girlfriends. Robin Padilla was previously convicted […] Continue Reading

TANIM BALA or Bullet planting in luggage of passengers at Philippines International Airport : What to do

Planting of bullets in unsuspecting and innocent travellers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by corrupt airport personnel, and extorting money from the travellers in exchange for letting them board their plane, is a current ongoing major scandal in the Philippines. The modus operandi is to plant a single bullet in the luggage (the […] Continue Reading

Planting of bullets by Philippine airport officials in passengers’ baggage subject to investigation

Two members of the House of Representatives are seeking a probe of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials for failing to curb the alleged “tanim bala” (planting-a-bullet) scam, which victimizes airline passengers. In the supposed scam, airport passengers are detained after a bullet is found in their luggage, and then asked to fork over money […] Continue Reading

Firearms licensing still a mess

A leading firearms dealer stated last week that "Gun owners who have failed to get an LTOP (license to own and possess firearms) are simply lazy." 

Really? Well, maybe that scion of a famous gun selling family should examine the reality first to cure his ignorance. Out of 1.7 Million licensed firearms in the Philippines less than 20,000 have applied for and even less have obtained their LTOP. The truth being that Firearms owners have not been able to comply with the new LTOP requirement because of the difficulty in obatining the requirements (for which substantial clearances and payments in addition to the actual license fee have to be paid by the applicant), the ineptness, incomptence, and corruption of PNP Regional Offices in processing and forwarding firearms license applications, and the continued centralization of the firearms license applications in Camp Crame Quezon City (in defiance of a Temporary Restraining order issued by the Supreme Court last year), which makes it impossible for firearms owners from the different regions to apply for an LTOP.There is also the issue of Consitutionality of the LTOP. PROGUN has filed and has pending a petition in the SUpreme Court questioning the LTOP for being ex post facto since it applies RETROACTIVELY, and imposes a criminal offense to existing licensed gun owners who fail to comply. This issue is still being litigated in the Supreme Court. Continue Reading

Chief of Philippine National Police Gen Alan Purisima and 9 other Police officials dismissed from Service

THE Office of the Ombudsman sacked resigned police chief Alan Purisima for his alleged involvement in a P100-million shady deal with a private courier service company.

In a 50-page decision cited in a statement on Tuesday, the Ombudsman dismissed Purisima from service following its investigation over the allegedly anomalous contract with WerFast Documentary Agency, Inc.

Also dismissed from service is Police Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, a former official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) and now Central Luzon police director. Petrasanta is being eyed as the next PNP chief and was even endorsed to the President by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.  Continue Reading