Amending ammo law difficult without Aquino’s support: solon

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. Filed under: Philippine News
--  President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the book launching of “The Aquino Legacy: An Enduring Narrative” at the Writers' Bar of the Raffles Hotel in One Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City on Thursday. (MNS photo)

— President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the book launching of “The Aquino Legacy: An Enduring Narrative” at the Writers’ Bar of the Raffles Hotel in One Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City on Thursday. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker on Friday said that the move to relax parts of the law penalizing individuals for bullet possession could face difficulties without the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III.

Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop said revisiting the implementation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, will take several stages and may not be finished before the 16th Congress ends,

This comes amid allegations of bullet planting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Ang lumabas po sa pag-aaral ng ating staff, because it is an express provision of the law, e talagang kailangan amiyendahan iyung provision ng Republic Act na iyun,” Acop said.

“Frankly speaking, mahihirapan dahil dadaan pa ulit sa committee level and then ia-approve sa second reading and then, third reading.

Acop said the Congress may fast-track the amendment of RA 10591 if it will be deemed urgent by the President.

The lawmaker also argued that the law should not serve as a “straight jacket” that mandates investigators to automatically file charges against those caught with only a single bullet at airports and without the intent for misdeed.

He reiterated that an investigator should have the wisdom to determine whether there is enough reason to file a case against a suspect, based on facts he gathered.

“Hindi naman kailangan iyung bang para kang naka-straight jacket sa interpretation ng batas. Nasa imbestigador po iyan. Kitang-kita naman for example na iyung bala ay nakabalot na pulang cloth, nakalagay pa sa loob ng pouch, sa bag ng tao. Kitang-kita naman na it’s not for any misdeed that the carrier will do, so huwag na po sanang file-an ng kaso iyun. Nasa discretion naman ng imbestigador iyun e,” Acop said.

“In the implementation and application of the law, kailangan din gamitin natin paminsan-minsan ang puso at common sense natin e,” he added.

Aquino earlier stressed that the supposed extortion scam is only being sensationalized, and that allegations of extortion at airports have yet to be proven.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has looked into the alleged scheme and is expected to release the findings this week. (MNS)

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