Police: Gun ban continues until Nov. 12-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) will continue to implement the gun ban until November 12 as more violators were arrested by authorities a week after the barangay elections.
PRO-8 director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria said that since September 28, the number of arrested violators reached 70 on Monday, with 40 firearms and other weapons also confiscated.
“All permits to carry firearms outside residence issued by the Philippine National Police to civilian gun owners are still suspended,” Soria said.
He added that while the ban is still in effect, the police will continue to conduct police operations like checkpoint operations in strategic places, operation bakal/sita, implementation of search warrants, police response and accounting of wanted persons who could be carrying firearms or other deadly weapons.
The 70 violators, all civilians, are now facing charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code and could end up spending up to six years in prison, Soria added.
Soria said that of the 70 violators, 44 were nabbed in police responses to calls for assistance, while four were arrested in checkpoints.
Twenty violators were arrested in police operations, while two wanted men, who were accounted by the police, were also bringing firearms at the time of their arrests.
The enforcement of the gun ban also led to the seizure of 40 firearms: 15 revolvers, nine pistols, seven shotguns, four rifles, and five improvised guns.
Police across the region also confiscated 38 bladed weapons, one grenade and 228 assorted ammunitions.
Soria said the intensified enforcement of the gun ban contributed to the generally peaceful village polls in Eastern Visayas. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)