47 nabbed in first three days of Comelec gun ban

January 16, 2019

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested a total of 47 persons in the first three days of the Comelec gun ban imposed to ensure peaceful 2019 midterm elections.

The figures were based on the update issued by the PNP National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC).

As of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the PNP established 6,264 checkpoints in strategic areas nationwide that resulted in the confiscation of 311 deadly weapons from January 13 to 15.

A total of eight election related violence (ERV) were recorded nationwide including six in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and two in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), figures still subject for validation.

The data were from the reports submitted by Police Regional Offices who were given guidelines on the implementation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 10468.

Earlier, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde  assured the public that  there will be daily updates on reported gun ban violators from different Regions .

“There will be daily updates of reported gun ban violations for the entire duration of the election period through the Election Monitoring and Action Centers in the national, regional and provincial levels,” he said.

Aside from being a deputized agency of the poll body, the PNP is also tasked to dismantle private armed groups, provide security to vulnerable candidates, lead the accounting for loose firearms, and neutralize gun-for-hire and criminal gangs.

“It helps a lot that we are implementing election security operations just as we wrap up a year-long successful campaign in year 2018 against loose firearms, private armed groups and criminal syndicates that would have complicated the present situation and added to the security concerns for the coming midterm elections in May,” Albayalde said.