11 more gun ban violators nabbed

May 31, 2010 1:38 pm 

MANILA, May 31 – Government authorities arrested 11 more violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed total gun ban during continuing conduct of checkpoint operations on Sunday by combined police and military elements throughout the country, a ranking police official said Monday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the latest violators reported by the National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC) were composed of 10 civilians and a government employee.

Espina said the 11 violators yielded three high-powered and seven low-powered firearms, one bladed weapon and two explosives during actual inspection along various checkpoints nationwide.

As of midnight Sunday, NEMAC data showed that a total of 2,941 individuals, composed of 2,672 civilians and 269 government personnel, including active members of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been apprehended since the implementation of the total gun ban last Jan. 10.

A total of 2,554 firearms, 960 of which were classified as high-powered while 1,594 others were considered low-powered, 826 gun replicas, 670 bladed weapons and 288 grenades and explosives were confiscated from the violators.

The Comelec, through Resolution 8714, ordered the PNP and the AFP to implement the nationwide total gun ban as part of the government’s stepped-up efforts to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 10 presidential elections.

Under the resolution, only bona fide members of the PNP, the AFP, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other government and accredited private security agencies are allowed to carry firearms during actual performance of their duty and wearing proper uniform within the Comelec-prescribed election period which started Jan. 10 and will end June 9.

However, after the peaceful holding of the May 10 presidential elections, clamor for the extension of the gun ban from various sectors cropped up.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa vowed to bring up the matter in the upcoming firearms summit to be attended by major stakeholders in the firearms industry. (PNA) scs/MM


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