CDO leads in gun ban violations in Region 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—This capital city of Northern Mindanao is number one in the number of arrested election gun ban violators in the whole region, according to police data.

Just a few hours before the election gun ban will be lifted, Cagayan de Oro registered a total of 19 of the total 35 gun ban violators arrested region-wide since it was implemented last Sept. 25.

The election gun ban is only up to 12 midnight, its 45th day of implementation.

Senior Supt. Benedicto Lopez, chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), however, dismissed speculations that Kagay-anons are the number one violators of the gun ban based on the number of arrested persons.

Lopez said the number of arrested violators is living testimony of the COCPO’s seriousness and strictness in enforcing the law.

On September 25, COCPO set up checkpoints in various strategic areas of the city as part of its strict enforcement of the gun ban.

The second highest number of arrested gun ban violators is the “Industrial City of the South,” Iligan City with five.

It is followed by Bukidnon with 4, Misamis Occidental with three, and the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte with two each.

Region-wide, the police had confiscated 25 firearms of various caliber and 13 bladed weapons and a fragmentation grenade, which was confiscated from a violator in a checkpoint in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

The Police Regional Office 10 based in Camp Vicente Alagar in Barangay Lapasan also reported that it has recorded only one election-related violence since the start of the gun ban on September 25—the killing by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels of a barangay chairperson of the municipality of Kibawe, Bukidnon.  Albus D. Estabas

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