Gun ban violators reach 2,161 — PNP

MANILA — The Philippjne National Police (PNP) said on Friday that more than 2,100 persons have been arrested for violation of the nationwide election gun ban.

Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, 2,161 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 2,083 civilians, 28 security guards, 16 government officials, 17 police officers, seven 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).

He added the PNP confiscated 1,605 firearms, 19,123 deadly weapons, 123 grenades, 246 other explosives, 80 firearm replicas, 632 bladed/pointed weapons and 18,042 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 /