THE gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections will continue to be in effect until June 12, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional headquarters based in Palo, Leyte.
Police Inspector Romuel Nacar, information officer of PNP-Eastern Visayas, said the gun ban is still in effect until its eventual lifting in June 12, but the police will not end its aggressive campaign against loose firearms.
“As instructed by our regional director [Chief Supt. Elmer Soria], police visibility and law enforcement operations will continue all over the region,” Nacar said.
Since the gun ban was imposed from January 13 to May 14, a total of 159 people were arrested for violations of gun ban and about 131 assorted high-powered firearms were confiscated.
The PNP has recalled about 1,000-strong troop augmentation force deployed to perform poll duty in various parts of the region especially in areas where perennial election related incidents occur.
Nacar said the troop augmentation force started reporting back to their respective units, offices and training schools upon completion of their poll duty detail.
The PNP mobilized all of its uniformed personnel to supplement the number of police personnel in the field starting May 8 to ensure the safety and avert possible violence among political rivalries during the midterm elections held last May 13. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)