The proliferation of loose firearms in the region has been one of the major problems that continue to challenge the effectiveness of anti-criminality and peace and order campaigns of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies. Over the years, various firearm amnesty programs have been implemented in order to help address the problem. The latest was contained in the National Firearms Control Program (NFCP) - a program developed pursuant to Executive Order Numbers 817 and 817-A. The NFCP had also given birth to RA No. 10591 which is thus far considered a much tougher firearms control law. Despite these efforts, however, the problem of loose firearms remains.
RT Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay - A man ranked 6th in the region's illegal drug watch list and former AFP 55th Infantry Battalion personnel was arrested during a joint operation by RT Lim and Bayog Police Stations in Barangay Perfecto at about 11:45 AM on July 22, 2014.