PNP nets 2,422 gun ban violators

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 15 — The number of violators in the current election gun ban has breached the 2,400 mark, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) indicated.

According to Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, police operations in compliance to Comelec Resolution 9561-A and Republic Act 8292, have resulted in the arrest of 2,422 persons, mostly civilians, since the rule was imposed early this year.

As of Monday, the PNP said that from the number of persons arrested, 2,225 of them are civilians, 32 government officials, 114 security guards, 30 from the PNP, 14 from the Armed Forces, two from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, one from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and three from the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit.

The PNP added it has confiscated 2,317 firearms, 123 airguns and firearm replicas, 748 bladed weapons, 132 grenades, 323 other explosives, and 21,111 rounds of ammunition.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban, which seeks to minimize poll-related violence, started last Jan. 13 and will last until June 12.

While it is in effect, permits to carry firearms outside residences are usually suspended, with only law enforcers in uniform and on duty allowed to carry firearms.

PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima said the police will remain active in enforcement and security operations while reiterating his instructions to PNP units to intensify checkpoint and gun check operations to ensure Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE 2013).

Purisima is the vice chairman of the National Task Force SAFE, which is in charge of the security preparations for the 2013 polls. (PNA)

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