With the peaceful and successful conduct of the barangay polls on Monday, authorities will continue to implement the the Commission on Election’s gun ban rule until the end of the election period on November 12.
In a text message to Philippines News Agency (PNA), Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 6:54 a.m. Tuesday, 644 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban starting September 27.
Of these individuals, 598 are civilians, eight police officers, 22 security guards, six government officials, five from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, three CAA Cafgu and one from LEA (Law enforcement agency).
Confiscated were 539 firearms, 209 bladed weapons, 290 other explosives, 68 grenades, 18 firearm replicas and 4,405 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.
“Police units will continue to enforce election laws particularly the election gun ban that is enforced until Nov. 12,” he said.
Mayor added that operatives arrested a total of 268 individuals who violated the liquor ban which was implemented last Sunday up to midnight Monday.
Mayor said that majority of apprehended violators were from the National Capital Region with 74, followed by Region 11 at 58 while Region 4-A arrested a total of 46 violators.
Region 3 has 37 violators, Region 10 with 25; nine in Region 6; seven in Region 8; six in CAR and one in Region 1. PNA