MARINE troops have arrested two people in a checkpoint as a result of the strict gun ban implementation in the province of Sulu, a military official said Monday.
Brigadier General Rustico Guerrero, Joint Task Force Comet chief, said the arrest was made in Timbangan village in Indanan town around 8 a.m. Sunday, eight hours after the election gun ban took effect in the entire country.
Guerrero said the two, who are residents of Talipao town, were found in possession of two .45 caliber pistols with ammunitions while passing at a checkpoint manned by troops from the 3rd Marine Brigade.
“These persons had no gun ban exemption from the Comelec (Commission on Elections) as the total gun ban took effect nationwide,” Guerrero said.
The permit-to-carry firearms issued to all gun holders are deemed revoked starting Sunday when the election gun ban took effect.
Only the Comelec can authorize gun holders to carry firearms during the election period as prescribed by law.
Guerrero said more arrest and confiscations are expected to be made as the Marines, police and the Comelec in the province intensify their effort to ensure the conduct of honest, orderly, and peaceful election (Hope) in May.
The province of Sulu has been identified among the 14 provinces by the military, police and Comelec as one of the election hotspots in the country.