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Comelec gun ban violators rise to 1,004

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CAMP CRAME, Quezon City â€” Operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested more than 1,000 persons for violating the election gun ban.


Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said as of 7:41 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 1,004 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended for carrying firearms since the implementation of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) gun ban on January 10.


The figures include 965 civilians, seven police officers, 10 government officials, 15 security guards, five employees of a law enforcement agency, and two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, Mayor said.


He added that the PNP confiscated 810 firearms, 9,169 deadly weapons, 43 grenades, nine other explosives, 30 firearm replicas, 277 bladed weapons and 8,810 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.

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