1,335 violators nabbed after 60-day implementation of gun ban

March 11, 2010 10:40 pm 

MANILA, March 11 – After 60 days of implementing the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed nationwide total gun ban, government authorities have already arrested more than 1,300 individuals throughout the country.

Reports from the National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC) showed that as of midnight of Wednesday, a total of 1,335 gun ban violators have been apprehended by combined police and military elements during checkpoint operations.

Of the number, 162 are personnel of the government and 1,173 civilians.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the violators yielded a total of 1,141 firearms, 221 explosive devices, 318 bladed weapons, and 798 gun replica from arrested violators.

Espina said PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa has ordered all PNP units to sustain the momentum in the implementation of the Comelec nationwide total gun ban which started last January 10 and will last up to June 9.

The Comelec, through Resolution 8714, has imposed the nationwide total gun ban as part of the government’s step-up measures to maintain honest, orderly and peaceful elections in May.

Under Resolution 8714, only bonafide members of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the National Bureau of Investigation and other government and accredited private security agencies are allowed to carry firearms during actual performance of their duty and wearing proper uniform. (PNA) LAP/MM


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