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.
Zamboanga City - An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group was arrested during a joint operation by the Zamboanga City Police Office Anti-Vice-Special Operations Group, PRO9 Regional Intelligence Division, PRO9, 17TH ISU, ISG-Philippine Army, SPMK-PCTC; 84TH Special Action Company-PNP Special Action Force and 16th MICO in a local wharf at about 6:00 PM on August 20, 2014.