San Fernando City, La Union: Ilocos region Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez said about 329 persons who violated the Comelec gun ban have been arrested and some 244 assorted firearms were confiscated during the implementation of the ban all over the region from January 10 to June 8, 2016.
Velasquez said those arrested consisted of 310 civilians, 12 government officials and employees, five security guards and two members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who were carrying firearms, gun replicas, airgun/airsoft gun, explosives and bladed weapons.
Data from the PRO1’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), reported that 145 were arrested in Pangasinan, 62 in La Union, 54 in Ilocos Sur and 68 in Ilocos Norte.
The Region 1 police also seized 244 assorted firearms composed of 82 high powered and 162 low powered firearms; 30 firearm replicas, air guns and airsoft gun; 32 bladed weapons; and 36 grenade and explosives.
Velasquez said the violators were arrested through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response. A total of 316 incidents were recorded wherein 172 were referred to Prosecutor’s Office, 128 were filed in court, two under investigation, two referred to DSWD, 10 were dismissed by Prosecutor’s Office and two where no case was filed.
Velasquez earlier this week conferred the ‘Medalya ng Kasanayan’ and ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ to personnel assigned at the PRO1 headquarters who rendered election duties during the 2016 national and local elections.
The Regional Director also conferred awards to his police personnel on the ground during the ceremonial awarding conducted at the Police Provincial Offices of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
Meanwhile Cordillera region Chief Supt. Ulysses Abellera reported that police operatives regionwide were able to arrest 145 individuals who were charged with violation of the Omnibus Election Code.
A report from the Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) of PRO-Cordillera from January 10, 2016 to June 8, 2016 listed that a total of 297 assorted firearms, 1693 ammunitions, 14 bladed weapons, 12 grenades, and 78 other explosives were confiscated, surrendered and recovered in the region during the whole period of the implementation of the Comelec gun ban. Abra Police Provincial Office scored the highest number of firearms confiscated, surrendered and recovered with 185 assorted firearms, followed by Apayao with 44, Kalinga with 23, Baguio City Police Office with 17, Benguet with 12, Ifugao with 10, Mt. Province with 3 and Regional Public Safety Battalion with 3.