THE number of people arrested in connection with the nationwide election gun ban has now reached 2,287, with civilians still being the biggest violators, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP’s National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC), in Camp Crame, said Monday that civilians caught violating the gun ban since its implementation on Jan. 10 have reached 2,204.
This number, it added, is followed by security guards at 30; PNP personnel, 19; government or elected officials, 16; military personnel, 7; members of other law enforcement agencies, 5; and militiamen, 2.
Also arrested for gun-ban violation were one employee of the Bureau of Fire Protection, one member of a threat group, and two members of Private Armed Groups, figures released by the PNP NEMAC show.
The figures also show that police have seized a total 1,697 firearms as of 8 a.m. Monday, consisting of 564 pistols, 520 revolvers, 95 shotguns, 89 rifles, 82 class-A weapons, four class-B weapons, and 343 improvised firearms.
The police have also seized a total of 19, 825 other deadly weapons, involving 90 firearms replica, 686 bladed weapons, 130 grenades, 252 improvised explosive device (IED), and 18,667 pieces of ammunition.
Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, the PNP spokesman, said earlier the nationwide election gun ban was being enforce by the police as part of their security measures for the May 9 synchronized local and national elections.
Mayor stressed, “Those who were apprehended for gun-ban violation will be facing violation of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines that carries a penalty of up to six years’ imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public service.” ANTHONY VARGAS