Gun ban violators reach 2,000 — PNP

Gun ban violators reach 2,000 — PNP

MANILA — The Philippjne National Police (PNP) said on Sunday that more than 2,000 persons were arrested for violation of the nationwide election gun ban.

Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 7:30 a.m. Sunday, 2,019 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended for carrying firearms since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban on January 10.

The figure includes 1,945 civilians, 27 security guards, 16 government officials, 15 police officers, six military personnel, five employees of a law enforcement agency, two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and one Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, one from member of threat groups and one from private armed groups (PAGS) Mayor said.

He added the PNP confiscated 1,488 firearms, 17,990 deadly weapons, 111 grenades, 243 other explosives, 74 firearm replicas, 594 bladed/pointed weapons and 16,996 pieces of 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. PNA/