SAN FERNANDO CITY – The police regional office here has confiscated more than a hundred firearms in its implementation of the election gun ban and in raids conducted by its operatives to flush out illegal firearms proliferating in the region.
Police regional director P/Chief Supt. Leopoldo Bataoil said the police has confiscated 61 firearms from election gun ban violators and 41 firearms from raids with search warrants issued by the courts.
He added that 90 suspects have been arrested and 68 cases were filed in court.
“In our region no partisan armed groups (PAGS) has emerged yet as a result of these proactive police interventions,” Bataoil said even as he reported that 13,023 poster materials posted in unauthorized areas were removed by the police.
He added that 86 peace covenants have been signed by politicians to ensure the conduct of Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) in the region.
Meanwhile, the regional mobile group 1 under P/Supt. Dionicio Borromeo has launched Oplan Baywatch and directed troops to patrol the beaches of Region 1.
He said teams were sent to patrol the beaches of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Candon City, Ilocos Sur, La Union including Seaborn Patrol with rubberboat, San Fabian, Pangasinan and Magilas trail to insure the safety of local and foreign tourists.
Bataoil, also the chairman of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), commended San Fernando City Mayor Mary Jane Ortega for the city’s outstanding disaster response and readiness such as posting trained life guards in beaches and resorts, putting up a watch tower in strategic location, swimming borderline, patrol ambulance, paramedic radio group and a public address system.
Bataoil exhorted all units in PRO-1 to maintain anti-crime and public safety operations through high profile visibility patrols, deployment of mobile cars, use of reflectorized vests, signages and traffic advisories.