PNP data: 6,302 nabbed for gun ban poll violation

Police officials said Tuesday some 6,302 individuals had been arrested over gun ban violations since the election period started in January.

Philippine National Police spokesman Col. Bernard Banac told a news conference of the total, 45 were policemen, 103 security guards, 25 were from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 92 were local officials while 19 others were from other local enforcement agencies.

At the same time, Banac said 5,259 firearms were seized by police authorities while 49,889 other weapons were confiscated.

The period is from Jan. 13 to June 10.

Banac said the implementation of gun ban would end today. 

He reminded the public to renew their permits to carry firearms if these had expired.

Recently, seven persons were arrested for gun ban violations while 973 were apprehended for violating the election liquor ban.

In Zamboanga del Norte, a candidate for vice mayor of Salug town failed to cast his vote after the police arrested him and his follower for violating the gun ban at dawn.

The aspirant, retired police Maj. Sergio Romaguera Bihag, and supporter Jetro Dumayo reportedly were in possession of a caliber .38 revolver and a Thompson submachine gun and several rounds of bullets.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 director,  said the two violated Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act as well as the Omnibus Election Code, which provides for the ban on guns and other deadly weapons during the election period.

Meanwhile, Banac said at least 973 people were arrested for violating the ban on liquor by drinking in public places.

The National Capital Region Police Office made the most number of arrests with 403, followed by the Central Visayas Police with 109. Violations  were also recorded in other regions: Caraga (75), Davao (67), Central Luzon (62), Eastern Visayas (53), Cordillera (42) and Soccsksargen (27).

The police also arrested 24 persons in Malolos City and 26 others in Butuan City.

Topics: Philippine National Police , PNP , gun ban
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