Almost 2.5K persons nabbed for gun ban violations: PNP

MANILA -- Close to 2,500 persons have been arrested for violating the election gun ban.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac, said as of 6 a.m. Friday, a total of 2,473 persons have been apprehended in 277,296 police operations since the implementation of the gun ban by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last January 13.

Of this number, 1,355 suspects were intercepted during police patrol operations, 474 through search warrants, and 406 during Oplan Bakal, Sita, Galugad operation.

Banac said the figure includes 211 persons apprehended in checkpoints and 27 others during the serving of warrants of arrest since the gun ban started.

He said 2,329 of those arrested are civilians while the other 45 were security guards; 39 were government and elected officials; 24 were police officers; three were military personnel; six were law enforcers; one was a member of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; and one was a foreign national.

Authorities have also arrested 20 persons from threat groups and two from private armed groups.

Banac added that the PNP has so far confiscated a total of 16,379 firearms, deadly weapons, grenades and other explosives, firearm replicas, bladed/pointed weapons, and ammunition.

The mid-term elections will be held on May 13 but the gun ban will last until June 12, according to the Comelec.

Source: Philippines News Agency