284 priests, religious leaders seek permit to own, carry firearms
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has received 248 requests for firearms licenses from religious leaders.
In a press briefing in Camp Crame, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said that 188 applications for permit to own or carry firearms were from Catholic priests while the rest were filed by pastors and leaders of other religious denominations.
The PNP chief said the permits would be handed down to applicants who are duly qualified and subject to compliance with requirements.
Albayalde also reiterated his call for priests, as well as other private individuals at risk, to report threats to their safety and coordinate with local police units.
He also said the PNP is willing to provide firearms proficiency training for interested parties.
Albayalde said priests, like other private individuals, are entitled to own up to two firearms and can apply for a License to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) and permits to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFORs).
The permits, however, do not cover automatic rifles and so-called long firearms.