PNP: 25 arrested on first day of election gun ban

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2019 05:29 PM

PNP Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) has recalled all detailed security assigned to civilians and government officials nationwide as the election period officially begins. Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - While the first day of the election period was generally peaceful, it showed certain signs that violent incidents may occur, the Philippine National Police said Monday. 

Within 24 hours of the election gun ban, the PNP said at least 25 people have been arrested in separate checkpoints throughout the country for carrying illegal firearms and ammunition. 

The PNP said it confiscated a total of 27 illegal firearms, 168 rounds of ammunition, 7 bladed weapons, 22 gun replica, 70 sachets of suspected "shabu", and 2 glass pipes with suspected "marijuana." 

"The first day of the election period maybe considered generally peaceful yet it depicts that violent incidents may still occur due to the number of confiscated/seized Firearms," the police said.

The national police said it will continue to give updates as they continue to conduct checkpoints throughout the 150-day election period for the 2019 midterm polls.