10 arrested for gun ban violations – PNP

THE number of persons arrested for gun ban violations rose to ten yesterday as police put up more checkpoints throughout the country as part of security measures for next month’s barangay and youth council election.

Reports from the PNP’s National Election Monitoring and Action Center (Nemac) in Camp Crame said that nine civilians and one government personnel have been nabbed since the gun ban took effect on Saturday morning.

Ten firearms consisting of two 12-gauge shotguns, an M16 rifle and seven automatic pistols have been seized, Nemac said.

One of those arrested for gun ban violation in Metro Manila was Jail Officer 1 Roderick Mancenido, who was arrested at a checkpoint for carrying government issued a .45 caliber Armscor pistol without the proper authority.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that those persons arrested for gun ban violations will be charged for violation of the Omnibus Election code.

The PNP spokesman said that a total 1, 284 checkpoints have been established all over the country to ensure a tighter implementation of the total election gun ban that will end on November 10.

This is the second time this year that the PNP will enforced a total election gun ban. The first was enforced from January 9 to July 10 for the holding of the May 10 local and national elections.

From that period, more than 3, 000 persons, including more than 600 government personnel have been arrested for violating the total election gun-ban, resulting to a low turnout of election related violent incidents. Anthony Vargas

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