PNP: 70 gun-ban violators nabbed

THE number of arrested “gun-ban” violators continues to swell yesterday as police authorities continued with aggressive implementation of the 45-day total ban to ensure peaceful barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next month.

According to the records from the PNP’s National Election Monitoring and Action Center (Nemac) in Camp Crame, at least 28 persons were arrested for violations of the total election gun-ban last Tuesday alone.

Police have also seized a total of 24 firearms, including eight high-powered and 16 low-powered firearms, one gun replica, one explosive and four bladed weapons.

It was reported that 59 firearms, two gun replicas, three explosives and eight bladed weapons have been seized since the police started implementing the ban last Saturday.

Of the 70 persons arrested, 63 were civilians, three were personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), two were police personnel and two were government employees.

The record also showed that five cases for violations of the total election gun-ban have been filed before the courts, while 59 cases are still pending police investigation.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said police will continue to implement total election gun-ban despite questions on technicality being raised by an election lawyer.

“There are no words yet from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regarding the issue or problem on when the election gun-ban should have taken effect, whether it’s September 25 or 27,” Cruz told reporters in a briefing. Anthony Vargas


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