POLICE ARREST 14 PEOPLE ON FIRST DAY OF COMELEC GUN BAN

POLICE ARREST 14 PEOPLE ON FIRST DAY OF COMELEC GUN BAN

MANILA — Authorities have arrested 14 people in different parts of the country for violating the Commission on Election’s gun ban rule that was implemented starting on Sunday, Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesperson said on Monday.

The gun ban for the 2016 elections began Sunday, January 10 and will last until June 8, which seeks to reduce election-related violence in line with the upcoming national and local polls in May.

Mayor said 14 persons have been arrested, of which 13 were civilians and one security guard.

He said that 12 firearms, have been confiscated, including two bladed weapons, nine ammunitions and one firearm replica.

Mayor reminded police officers manning checkpoints to observe standard operating procedures in checkpoint operations which include being in full uniform and setting up checkpoints in well-lighted areas to allow motorists to be able to read the checkpoint signage and see the on duty policemen.

He also reminded the police to be courteous and friendly to motorists.

Mayor urged the public not to be afraid of police checkpoints as they are only implementing the gun ban in preparation for the peaceful national and local elections.

“We seek for the cooperation of the community during this period,” the PNP spokesperson told PNA.

He noted the PNP won’t publicly announce the locations of their checkpoints for security reasons. PNA / northboundasia.com