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Comelec gun ban violators now at 507 -- PNP

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CAMP CRAME, Quezon City — More than 500 persons, some of them policemen and government officials, have been arreste by Philippine National Police (PNP) operatives since an election gun ban was imposed in the country.

 

Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said 507 persons, mostly civilians, were apprehended for carrying firearms since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban. Those nabbed include 490 civilians, two police officers, four government officials, six security guards, four employees of a law enforcement agency, and two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, Mayor said.

 

Mayor added that the PNP confiscated 304 firearms, 3,028 deadly weapons, 14 grenades, seven other explosives, 12 firearm replicas and 2,995 ammunition.

 

The gun ban is being implemented by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies in line with the country's national and local elections on May 9. It started on January 10 and will last until June 8.

 

“[PNP chief], Police Director General Ricardo Marquez, assures that the PNP will remain vigilant in its law enforcement and security operations to ensure safe and fair election,” Mayor said. 

 

Mayor said that from the 396 arrested on Wednesday, persons who were found carrying firearms increased to 507 during the election gun ban period.

 

Mayor said 490 of the 507 apprehended are civilians while two are police officers, four are government officials, six are security guards, four are employees of a law enforcement agency and two are members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit.

 

The officer said the PNP also confiscated 304 firearms, 3,028 deadly weapons, 14 grenades, seven other explosives, 12 firearm replicas and 2,995 ammunitions since January 10.

 

The election gun ban period started January 10 and will last until June 10.

 

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