1,118 violated election gun ban, PNP reports

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2018 11:04 PM

MANILA—A total of 1,118 violators were listed in the Commission on Elections gun ban from April 14 to May 8, numbers provided by the PNP Public Information Office showed.

The No. 1 violators were civilians, numbering 1,043, followed by 24 security guards, and 15 government and elected officials. 

Ten of those arrested were members of threat groups, while 6 were from the PNP and 6 from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, 5 were from the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit and 3 were from private armed groups, and 3 more from different enforcement agencies. 

Two of those arrested were foreign nationals and 1 from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. 

The PNP said it will strengthen checkpoints and allot additional manpower in areas where threat groups are present.

“The PNP has created a national task force to ensure the forthcoming election is safe and secure, and since the start of election period we have been conducting operations. We are going to deploy 163,000 personnel nationwide,” PNP director for operations Chief Superintendent Ma-o Aplasca said.

The PNP has confiscated 727 small firearms and 42 light weapons, 192 homemade guns and 27 firearms replica. 

PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said authorities also confiscated 356 bladed weapons, 68 grenades, 171 IEDs and some 6,083 bullets. 

Twenty election-related incidents of violence were reported, of which 24 of the 33 victims were killed. 

Three of the 76 suspects were already arrested while 73 escaped but 21 were already identified by authorities. Fifty-two remain at large. 

The PNP said it is preparing to deploy police officers to serve as board of election inspectors in some problematic areas. 

“In ARMM, meron nang personnel doon who have undergone training already in preparation of the possible withdrawal of some teachers in areas where there will be violent incidents that may be reported,” Bulalacao said.