Region 1 police nab 329 violators, confiscate 244 firearms in Comelec gun ban drive

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The Region 1 police arrested 329 violators and confiscated 244 assorted firearms during the implementation of the Commission on Election’s gun ban from January 10 to June 8, 2016, the PNP regional director here reported recently.

Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez,  Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1), said of those arrested, 310 civilians, 12  government officials and employees, 5 security guards and 2 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were nabbed for carrying firearms, gun replicas, airgun/airsoft gun,  explosives and bladed weapons.

Records from the RO1’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), revealed that 145 gun ban violators were arrested in Pangasinan, 62 in La Union, 54 in Ilocos Sur and 68 in Ilocos Norte.

The Region 1 police also seized 244 assorted firearms that included 82 high powered and 162 low powered firearms; 30 firearm replicas, air guns and airsoft gun; 32 bladed weapons; and 36 grenade and explosives.

Velasquez said the violators were arrested through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response. Of the total 316 incidents  recorded, 172 cases were referred to the prosecutor’s office, 128 were filed in court, 2 under investigation, and 2 referred to DSWD.

Velasquez said  10 cases  were dismissed by the prosecutor’s office while 2 cases have not been filed.

Meanwhile, Velasquez  conferred the Medalya ng Kasanayan and Medalya ng Papuri to personnel assigned at the PRO1 headquarters who rendered election duties during the 2016 national and local elections.

The regional director also conferred awards to his police personnel on the ground during the ceremonial awarding conducted at the police provincial offices of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.#