THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday that it arrested around 900 people since the January 10 nationwide implementation of gun ban for this coming May elections.

PNP spokesman Leonardo Espina they have arrested 892 people comprised of 58 policemen, 34 soldiers, 33 government officials and employees, and 767 civilians.

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Espina added that the PNP has so far seized some 762 firearms and 76 grenades.

The PNP earlier said it would be stricter in implementing the nationwide gun ban especially during the campaign period for national candidates that started last February 9.

Espina also said the PNP would impose sanctions on police personnel arrested for gun ban violations starting this week, including administrative cases, which are to be resolved in 30 days.

While the cases are pending, the violators will be relieved from their present posts and transferred to regional units. They will also undergo character and aptitude development training.

Last February 2, PNP Chief Jesus Verzosa warned police commanders that they will be held responsible for gun ban violations of their subordinates.

Under the Election Code, only police personnel in uniform and on duty are allowed to carry firearms.

Espina reiterated that under a total gun ban, all permits to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFORs) are suspended during the election period.

The gun ban will last until the end of the election period on June. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)