KIDAPAWAN CITY: At least seven gun ban violators have been arrested in the two provinces of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) alone, one week after the Commission on Election (Comelec) imposed the 45 days gun ban for the upcoming barangay election.
During the first week, authorities arrested six violators in different areas of Lanao del Sur province and another one was nabbed in Buluan town of Maguindanao in a separate operations from September 28 to October 6, according to a report from Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, ARMM police director.
Delos Reyes said police investigators have filed corresponding cases against two of the violators while the others were undergoing investigation.
Six pistols of different types and one KG riffle were confiscated from the suspects, Delos Reyes said.
The police regional office has yet to receive reports on the gun ban enforcement in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, the ARMM’s component island provinces.
ARMM, which hosts the major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group, allegedly accounts for the country’s largest number of loose firearms.
The ARMM Peace and Order Council, in its regular meeting presided here on Oct.3 by Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, passed among other measures a resolution requesting the national government to set another special period for holders of loose firearms to avail of amnesty and register their stuffs.
Meanwhile, criminal and detection operatives nabbed last October 4 in Marawi City a person wanted for separate cases of murder and grave threats, Senior Supt. Nickson Muksan, Lanao del Sur police director, said in a recent report to Chief Supt. Delos Reyes.
Muksan named the arrested suspect as Abulkhair Radia alias Abdul Radia, 45, who was facing warrants of arrest issued by regional trial courts in Cagayan De Oro City and Marawi City where he was charged with murder and grave threats, respectively. MOH I. SAADUDDIN