THE Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao (PNP 10) was declared as the fourth region having the most number of confiscated firearms in the Philippines since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban for the May 13 midterm polls.
Police Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga, PNP-10 spokesperson, said that as of May 16 the police regional department gathered 295 firearms of different kinds confiscated by its field personnel in different police operations.
Cariaga said a total of 176 persons were arrested and were charged with the violation of PD 1886 and the Comelec gun ban.
Of the 176 suspects, 22 were arrested during intensified checkpoint operations; six based on search and seizure operations; two were covered with arrest warrants; 72 from active police responses; and 74 from other police operations.
Region 10 covers Lanao del Norte, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Misamis Occidental provinces.
It also covers the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Ozamis in Misamis Occidental; Gingoog and El Salvador in Misamis Oriental; and Malaybalay and Valencia in Bukidnon.
The PNP–3 in San Fernando, Pampanga, ranked number one with 486 confiscated firearms; PNP-4A in Calabarzon ranked second with 413 firearms confiscated; and the National Capital Region police office (NCRPO) with 314 confiscated firearms ranked third.
Still, PNP-10 officially declared the elections in Northern Mindanao as generally peaceful and orderly after its May 21 command conference held in Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro.
Cariaga said the provincial and city police directors presented their respective post-election assessment with conclusions of minimal incidents recorded minimal incidents to their PNP regional director Chief Superintendent Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr.
“There were only two election-related violence recorded, which shows a decrease of six incidents compared to the national and local elections in 2010,” Cariaga added.
Cariaga said these incidents include the shooting of a certain Fredie Cobar in Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental last month and the attack on Mayor Ruth Guingona and her convoy in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental last April 20, 2013.
Cariaga said the PNP-10 leadership attributed the peaceful elections to the active support and cooperation of the general public.