THE number of persons arrested for violating a nationwide election gun ban breached the 200-mark on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
The gun ban took effect on January 10, start of election period for the synchronized national and local elections on May 9, 2016.
Figures released by the PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (Nemac) said 250 persons have been arrested by the police for violation of the election gun ban.
The PNP Nemac figure showed that of the 250 persons arrested, 238 were civilians, two policemen, three elected government officials, three Bureau of Jail Management Penology (BJMP) personnel, two security guards, a law enforcer and a militiaman.
According to Nemac, the police have seized a total of 154 various types of firearms since the gun ban took effect.
It said 734 deadly weapons, firearms replicas, nine grenades, one explosive and 717 assorted ammunition were also seized
Police reports reaching Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday said among the latest to be arrested for violation of the gun ban was a trader.
The reports sent by Supt. Richard Caballero, head of the Special Concerns Unit in Nueva Ecija, identified the businessman as Teddy Cleofas Nagano, said to be a close relative of San Leonardo Mayor Froilan Nagano.
Caballero said in the reports that the trader was arrested after police operatives swooped down on the businessman’s house in San Leonardo on Tuesday afternoon.
The raiders carried a search warrant issued by Judge Celso Baguio of the Gapan Regional Trial Court.
The raid yielded several high-powered firearms, including an M16, M14 assault rifles, a grenade launcher and a .45 caliber pistol, as well as ammunition and gun accessories.
Also confiscated was a stockpile of hardwood believed to be contraband, the police reports said.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said those caught with guns during the ban will be facing charges of violation of the Omnibus Election Code that carries a penalty of up to six years’ imprisonment.