Comelec gun ban nets 3,000 firearms-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
(UPDATED) Almost 3,000 firearms and ammunition were confiscated by authorities nationwide in the on-going implementation of the gun ban for the October 28 baranagay elections.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Sixto Brillantes said that based on the latest assessment from the Philippine National Police (PNP), a total of 2,983 firearms, ammunition and other explosives were seized in various operations and checkpoints placed across the archipelago.
Included in these figures were 302 rifles and pistols, 2,401 ammunition, 123 bladed weapons, 58 grenades, 14 gun replicas (toy guns, air guns, airsoft) and 85 other explosive devices.
As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 383 gun ban offenders have already been arrested by the authorities. The breakdown of arrested offenders include 362 civilians, 11 security guards, five personnel from the PNP, two from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and two government officials.
Brillantes said that the poll body only received 967 application for gun ban exemption in which, 722 were already been approved, 199 are pending for reconsideration, 42 were deferred and only four were rejected.
The Comelec gun ban was implemented last September 28 and will last until November 12 to prevent election related violence and further bloodshed particularly in several areas identified as election hotpot in the country.
Meanwhile, eight barangay election candidates who were supposed to file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) last October 15 in Cuyo, Palawan after the passenger motor boat they were riding suffered an engine problem near the vicinity off Bararing Island.
Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said that the vessel M/B 2-Sisters carrying the candidates was on its way to the local Comelec office located in Barangay Manamoc when the boat suddenly stopped due stuck transmission line.
A search and rescue team was immediately dispatched and was able to render assistance to the distressed passengers.
The boat was later towed along the shoreline of Cuyo town while the barangay candidates later filed their respective COCs. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)