743 nabbed for violating poll gun ban-A A +A
Monday, February 11, 2013
THE ongoing election gun ban has led to the arrest of 743 people who have been caught in possession of firearms, ammunition or explosives this election period, latest data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show.
As of 12:43 p.m. of Monday, a total of 663 civilians, 50 security guards, 11 government employees and one militiaman have been arrested for violating the gun ban along with 12 PNP personnel, four from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and one from the fire bureau.
Earlier this month in Samar province, a Comelec employee, a former barangay chair and his namesake village watchman son were nabbed for violating the gun ban, which will last until June 12, the end of the election period.
"[T]he PNP together with Comelec (Commission on Elections), AFP and other Law Enforcement Agencies continuously conduct checkpoints nationwide to sustain safety and security within the country this election period," the PNP said in an update. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)