Philippines’ most powerful mayor changes policy on firearms after killing of actor

Manila mayor describes the killing of Renato Reyes as ‘homicidal violence’ One of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians has changed his policy on firearms following the killing of a leading leftwing actor on the…

Philippines' most powerful mayor changes policy on firearms after killing of actor

Manila mayor describes the killing of Renato Reyes as ‘homicidal violence’

One of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians has changed his policy on firearms following the killing of a leading leftwing actor on the set of his crime thriller Rust in two of the world’s deadliest cities.

The killing of Renato Reyes in southern Davao city, in a luxury condominium hotel on 15 March, prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets and police to close the city to vehicles in the days that followed.

“I have decided to amend the city’s current firearms policy,” Davao city mayor Sara Duterte, who is the wife of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, told reporters on Friday.

Duterte said he wanted to reflect the opinions of youths that guns were not the best way to take care of oneself in the country, despite the president’s warning earlier this year to gun owners and owners of private security personnel to “take more responsibility” for their weapons.

“I have decided to no longer authorize guns in the hands of (unofficial) private security guards in the city and those involved in the unlicensed carrying of firearms,” Duterte said.

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“My administration’s request to our police and other security agencies for more manpower to prevent criminal and subversive activity is not negotiable,” Duterte said.

Davao’s armed forces chief, General Ricardo Mainero, said that the city’s armed forces had asked Duterte’s team to focus on ending the criminality in the streets.

“I am confident that the fight will soon reach those who cause the killings of innocent people, whether they are in guns, drugs or other illegal activities,” Mainero said.

Reyes, known for films such as The Prince, Anakin and Brassares, was also a vocal opponent of a bloody war on drugs waged by the president, who has brought about a wave of fear through his harsh rhetoric and violent crackdown.

Duterte responded to Reyes’ killing by hailing police as heroes for what he called enforcing law and order. He soon followed with a mass sombre teddy bear distribution to the public.

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