612 loose firearms seized

AGENTS of the Police Regional Office 5 have arrested 99 gun ban violators and accounted for 612 loose firearms since strictly enforcing the prohibition on the unauthorized carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons since last January 13 in the entire Bicol region, PRO5 director, Chief Superintendent Arnel B. Escobal said yesterday.

The lawyer-member of Philipppine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 said that 477 of the confiscated weapons were turned over for safekeeping by their registered owners, 54 of them candidates for different elective posts in the May 13 national and local elections.

“We are tightening the noose on gun ban violators in the region as part of our effort to arrest the presence of illegal firearms that could be used to commit violence and criminality during the election period,” Escobal told the Journal Group.

Escobal said that 24 loose firearms were  seized by his men and broken down as follows: three in Camarines Norte, six in Camarines Sur; four in Catanduanes; five in Masbate and six in Sorsogon.

Another 111 loose firearms were also confiscated in other parts of the region as well as three hand grenades, 22 other deadly weapons and 1,096 various live ammunition.

Citing data provided by the Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) from January 13 to last March 26, Escobal said Bicol policemen have arrested and jailed a total of 99 persons who have violated the provision under the Omnibus election code particularly the prohibition of carrying firearms.