The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday announced the arrest of almost 170 persons for violating the firearms ban.
In a text message to Philippine News Agency (PNA), Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 9:23 a.m. Sunday, 167 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended for carrying firearms since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban last September 27.
Of these individuals, 156 are civilians, three police officers, seven security guards and one government official, Mayor said.
He added confiscated were 135 firearms, 45 bladed weapons, 23 other explosives, eight grenades, 10 firearm replicas and 1,192 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, which is 30 days before, and 15 days after the October 28 village elections.
“[PNP chief], Police Director General Alan Purisima, assures that the PNP will remain vigilant in its law enforcement and security operations to ensure Safe and Fair Election,” Mayor said. PNA