Quezon City Police District to gun-toting cop: Surrender all firearms

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star
Quezon City Police District to gun-toting cop: Surrender all firearms
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Benjamin Acorda Jr. on Thursday leads the send-off ceremony at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig for the security forces assigned to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, 2023.
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MANILA, Philippines — Lt. Col. Mark Julio Abong, who has been dismissed from the Philippine National Police (PNP) by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, was ordered by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) yesterday to surrender any firearms still in his possession or face the full force of the law.

Brig. Gen. Redrico Maranan, QCPD director, said Abong should immediately turn over a .45-caliber handgun and a Glock 40 pistol that are believed to still be in his custody.

Another Glock 40 handgun, which Abong fired twice in front of a restobar in Barangay Laging Handa on Sunday, was confiscated after he was arrested by police.

Maranan made the statement after the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office revoked Abong’s license to own and possess firearms when an investigation revealed the firearms’ licenses have expired.

Should Abong refuse to comply, Maranan said these firearms would be the “subjects of police operations.”

Abong was released on Thursday from the detention cell of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit on Thursday at around 4 p.m. after he posted bail of P177,000 for the criminal charges filed against him.

Following his release, police have tightened security around the restobar’s manager and waiter with whom Abong had an altercation when he went amuck.

Maranan said he instructed police to regularly check on Abong’s victims.

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