Only nine gun ban violators nabbed on Thursday

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

MANILA, April 30 – Only nine violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed nationwide total gun ban were arrested on Thursday, a ranking police official said Friday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the latest violators were composed of three government employees and six civilians.

Espina said the violators yielded four high-powered and four low-powered firearms and two bladed weapons during actual conduct of inspection along checkpoints throughout the country.

Latest data from the National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC) showed that as of midnight Thursday, a total of 2,346 individuals, composed of 2,124 civilians and 222 government personnel, including active members of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been arrested since the implementation of the total gun ban last Jan. 10.

NEMAC data also showed that a total of 2,048 firearms, composed of 735 high-powered and 262 grenades and explosives have been confiscated during checkpoint operations by joint elements of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), supervised by the Comelec.

As part of the government’s step-up measures to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections in May, the Comelec issued Resolution 8714, which calls, among others, the implementation of the nationwide total gun ban.

Under the resolution, only bonafide 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 within the prescribed election period.

Election period runs from Jan.10 till June 9. (PNA) RMA/MM

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