MANILA – Law enforcers seized a total of 331 firearms from unauthorized security agencies since the beginning of the election period on January 13, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.
PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde presented the confiscated guns to media, assuring that the police force has been doing its part to ensure peaceful elections on May 13.
The confiscated firearms include 222 .38 caliber, 55 GA shotgun, 39 9MM pistol, 10 Super .38 caliber, 2 CAL .32, 2 Mac Intratec, and 1 CAL 380.
Two hundred fifty were from security agencies, where security guards were also issued violation ticket report. Eighty-one others were confiscated through the conduct of post to post inspections, according to the PNP’s Civil Security Group-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies.
“We assume that we're 100 percent prepared,” Albayalde told members of the press. “But, of course, we cannot say that our preparation is foolproof. The only time that we can that our preparation is foolproof is after the election itself.”
The Commission on Elections, through the Resolution No. 10446, bans the bearing, carrying, or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons during the prescribed 2019 midterm election period of January 13 to June 12 to prevent violence.
Available data from PNP since April 29 showed that 4,038 firearms and 37,035 other deadly weapons were seized from nearly 600,000 focused police operations for the elections.