Comelec gun ban violators breach 700 mark

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Some 700 people have been arrested in different parts of the country as the Philippine National Police (PNP) continue the implementation of the Commission on Election’s gun ban rule, a police official on Monday.

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In a text message to Philippine News Agency (PNA), , PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor said that as of 6:33 a.m. 709 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended since the implementation of the firearms ban last September 27.

Of these individuals, 654 were civilians, nine police officers, 26 security guards, eight government officials, eight from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, three CAA Cafgu and one from an unspecified law enforcement agency.

Meanwhile, 601 firearms have been confiscated, along with 290 other explosives, 223 bladed weapons, 70 grenades, 20 firearm replicas and 5,107 ammunition.

The gun ban is being implemented by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies for the barangay election period from September 28 to November 12 — 30 days before, and 15 days after the October 28 village elections.

“Police units will continue to enforce election laws particularly the election gun ban that is enforced until November 12,” he said. PNA

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