AUTHORITIES arrested 38 individuals for alleged violation of the election gun ban and other offenses in Eastern Visayas towns from May 8 to 9, 2022.

In Can-avid, Eastern Samar, joint police operatives apprehended nine suspects and confiscated six assorted calibers of firearms on board two vehicles in Barangay Cansangaya around 5:40 a.m. on May 9.

In Calbayog City, Samar, the Regional Special Operations Task Group in Samar Police Provincial Office (RSOTG–Samar) also arrested seven persons on board three different vehicles for alleged disobedience of person in authority and violation of Commission on Election (Comelec) Resolution No. 10728 (gun ban), in relation to Sec 33 of Republic Act 7166.

Personnel from Philippine Army’s 802nd Brigade, 93rd Infantry Battalion, and 82nd Military Intelligence Company (Mico) rounded 16 individuals for alleged attempted homicide and resistance and disobedience to a person in authority in Tabango, Leyte on May 8.

In Victoria, Northern Samar, two farmers, aged 20 and 29 years old, were apprehended after they were found carrying a caliber 9mm and ammunition on May 7.

Operatives from Philippine Army’s 43rd Infantry Battalion, PA, Bravo Company arrested the two suspects in Barangay Lungib of the said town.

A quick response team from Leyte Police Provincial Office, together with personnel from First and Second Leyte Provincial Mobile Force Company and Palompon Municipal Police Station, arrested four persons in Palompon, Leyte for carrying a .45 caliber pistol and bladed weapons on May 7.

Under Comelec Resolution 10728, the bearing, carrying, or transporting of firearms or deadly weapons outside residence or place of business and in all public places is banned from January 9 to June 8, 2022, in relation to the local and national elections. (SunStar Philippines)