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.
Isabela City, Basilan - After more than a month of exhaustive intelligence gathering by operatives of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Western Mindanao Criminal Investigation Unit arrested an active member of the Abu Sayyaf Group at about 7:30 AM on September 11, 2014. Suspect Esmael Kawa alias “Abu Esmael”, is said to be one of those responsible for various kidnapping incidents in Basilan province, stated Police Director Benjamin B. Magalong, CIDG Director.