The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday announced the arrest of 471 persons for violating the firearms ban.
In a email sent to Philippines News Agency (PNA), Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 7:57 a.m. Wednesday, 471 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban starting September 27.
Of these individuals, 441 are civilians, five police officers, 18 security guards, three government officials and four from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Confiscated were 380 firearms, 152 bladed weapons, 221 other explosives, 64 grenades, 15 firearm replicas and 2,824 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 Elections,” Mayor said. PNA