546 nabbed due to gun ban violation

Almost two weeks after implementing nationwide gun ban, police have arrested more than 500 people for carrying firearms and other deadly weapons which are prohibited under the security measures for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14.

According to Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), out of the 546 people arrested, five of them are policemen, three are soldiers and 10 others are government or elected officials.

The gun ban policy clearly states that policemen, soldiers, and even security guards have to be on duty and in proper uniform in order for them to be spared from arrest.

Bulalacao said that 504 of those collared from April 14 when the gun ban started up to Thursday are civilians.

Metro Manila which accounted for 160 of those arrested, followed by CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and Central Luzon.

Meanwhile, police have also confiscated a total of 403 firearms in various operations, according to Bulalacao.

A total of 2,712 gun replicas, bladed weapons and explosive devices were also seized.

The arrested violators will face violation of the gun ban and illegal possession of firearms, or deadly weapons or explosive materials.

Additional administrative charges, on the other hand, will be applied against cops, soldiers and other arrested government workers.

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