Gun ban violators reach 100

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — The Police Regional Office 1 here has reported that violators of the election gun ban have breached the century mark two months after the prohibition was enforced at the start of the election period last January 10.

The PRO1 said that based on its record, the number of gun ban violators has reached 101 as of March 15, 2010 which included 97 civilians, 2 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), one Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) member, and one from other law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

Significantly, no PRO1 personnel was reported to have violated the gun ban to date.

PRO1 also confiscated 63 firearms, 667 gun replicas and 38 bladed weapons since the start of the election period.

PRO1 is strictly enforcing the Comelec rules particularly on the gun ban in keeping with the marching orders of Police Director General Jesus Verzosa, chief of the Philippine National Police. Police personnel found violating the ban face termination from the service while their immediate superiors will be investigated.

Last December, the Comelec issued Resolution 1814 which recalled the permits of all gun holders, including private individuals acting as security aides of politicians. The ban does not cover members of the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies who are on duty and in their agency-prescribed uniform.

The directive is intended to minimize violence during the campaign period leading to the May 10 polls.

There are 192 local candidates in Region 1 who have filed applications for security escorts before the Regional Joint Security Control Center located at the Masigasig Center here.

Meanwhile, PRO1 continues to conduct intensified checkpoint operations in the whole region as part of its preparations to ensure Honest, Orderly, and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) this year.#