Nearly 4,100 persons were arrested for violating the nationwide election gun and liquor ban on May 8, one day before national and local elections.
In a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency, PNP revealed that as of Sunday, May 8, they had already apprehended 4,092 persons, mostly civilians, for toting firearms since the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) implementation of the gun ban on January 10.
This figure is composed of 3,920 civilians, 49 security guards, 30 government officials, 31 police officers, 18 Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel, seven law enforcement agency employees, 22 from threat groups, 10 from Private Armed Groups (PAGS), three members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and two Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel.
The PNP also confiscated 3,372 firearms, 37,365 deadly weapons and 35,454 pieces of ammunition.
Furthermore, police authorities arrested 12 individuals who violated the liquor ban that was implemented on Sunday.
The gun ban, implemented by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies because of the country’s national and local elections, started on January 10 and will last until June 8. On the other hand, the Comelec liquor ban will only last two days, until the end of election day Monday.
The COMELEC Resolution No. 10095 states that “individuals shall not be allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve, or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in the Philippines.”
The violation of the prohibited acts are punishable with imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years and shall not be subject to probation. Also, the guilty party shall suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage.
PNP added that majority of the apprehended liquor ban violators are from Region 9 (8), Region 10 (3), and Region 1 (1).
As of today, the PNP has recorded 145 election-related incidents (ERIs). 28 of those were recorded as validated ERIs, 58 are still being suspected as ERIs and 60 non-ERIs from January 10 to May 8.
The 28 verified ERIs befell 67 victims that killed 15 persons, wounded 9 others, and left the remaining 43 unharmed.
Director Ricardo Marquez of the PNP reassures civilians that they remain non-partisan and apolitical, and that they, in coordination with the AFP, have deployed sufficient forces to ensure the safety and security of voters around the country.
He adds that the COMELEC-AFP-PNP checkpoints will continue to be conducted throughout the country to effectively implement the firearms ban during the election period.
“We call to the public to be vigilant at all times to prevent unscrupulous individuals and lawless elements from taking advantage of them and from using them for their sinister motives,” said Marquez.
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