MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday announced the arrest of more than 500 persons for violating the election gun ban.
Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday, 507 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended for carrying firearms since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban on January 10.
The said figures include 490 civilians, two police officers, four government officials, six security guards, four employees of a law enforcement agency, and two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, Mayor said.
He added that the PNP confiscated 304 firearms, 3,028 deadly weapons, 14 grenades, seven other explosives, 12 firearm replicas and 2,995 ammunition.
The gun ban is being implemented by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies in line with the country’s national and local elections on May 9. It started on January 10 and will last until June 8.
“[PNP chief], Police Director General Ricardo Marquez, assures that the PNP will remain vigilant in its law enforcement and security operations to ensure safe and fair election,” Mayor said. PNA/northboundasia.com