German nabbed for gun ban violation in Quezon

A GERMAN national was arrested by the police for violating the total election gun ban in a remote village in Quezon province over the weekend, police reports said on Sunday.

Wollandt Hans-Georg is the first foreign national since the total election gun ban was enforced by the authorities on September 25 for the upcoming village and youth council election this coming October 25.

Reports reaching Camp Crame, the police national headquarters in Manila, said Georg was apprehended at a police checkpoint in Brgy. Lumutan in Atimonan town at around 6:15 pm Saturday.

Seized from the possession of the German national was a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine loaded with seven live ammunitions and a holster.

Georg was brought to the Atimonan Police Station for investigation while charges for violations of the Omnibus Election Code in relation to the total election gun are being readied against him, the reports said.

As of Sunday, a total of 146 persons, compose of 131 civilians, four policemen and two military personnel have been arrested for violations of the total election gun-ban, Camp Crame reports said.

The reports from the PNP’s National Election Monitoring and Action Center (Nemac) also said that a total of 127 firearms (37 high-powered and 90 low-powered), two airguns, 23 bladed weapons and three hand grenades were seized.

This is the second time this year that authorities are enforcing a total election gun-ban, which will run up to November 10.

The first time it was enforced was from January 9 to July 10, for the recently concluded May 10 synchronized local and national elections.

PNP spokesman, Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said the PNP will continue to enforce the total election gun-ban, despite of question on technicalities raised by Election Lawyer Romulo Macalintal. Anthony Vargas

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