THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday claimed that civilians are the top violators of the election gun-ban being implemented by the authorities for the upcoming barangay elections later this month.
PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor said that civilians comprise the bulk of those that have been arrested by the police for the election gun-ban that was started last weekend.
Of the 84 persons arrested for gun-ban violation since September 28, the PNP spokesman said that 78 of them were civilians; three were policemen, two security guards and one government official.
Mayor added that a total of 67 various types of firearms have been seized by the police from the gun-ban violators along with 25 bladed weapons; five gun replicas; four explosives; 11 grenades and more than 500 assorted ammunitions.
The PNP spokesman added that as the barangay election draws nearer, incidence of election-related violence have reported or noted in the more than 42,000 villages spread across the country.
Mayor said the PNP and Commission on Elections (Comelec) are now validating the areas that are being considered as elections hot-spots with 6,000 villages listed in Election Areas of Concern (EAC).
“While 150 barangay are considered Election Areas of Immediate Concern (EAIC),” the PNP spokesman said.
The PNP along with the Armed Forces (AFP) and under guidance from the Comelec are implementing the election gun-ban up to November 12 as part of security measures to prevent the outbreak of violence in the coming village elections.