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PNP sets up 129 Comelec-PNP-AFP checkpoints in Region 8

Tacloban City (January 26) -- The Philippine National Police has operationalized 129 Comelec checkpoints in strategic areas all over Region 8 in connection with the election gun ban which started on January 10, PNP Region 8 Director Rey Lanada informed.

The conduct of simultaneous checkpoints by the different Police Stations in the Region generated awareness of the citizenry, including the police, the military and the security personnel, on the implementation of firearms ban, Director Lanada added.

This is relative to the forthcoming 2010 National and Local Election especially on the implementation of the total gun ban provided for in COMELEC Resolution Nr 8714 and the observance in the guidelines set forth under COMELEC Resolution Nr 8729 in establishing joint COMELEC-PNP-AFP Checkpoints.

From January 10 to January 26, no election-related violent incident in Eastern Visayas was reported.

What was observed was the frequent clogging of transportations or traffic jam of PUV/PUJ and other private vehicles, due to the conduct of daily COMELEC checkpoints in the various cities and municipalities in accordance with the Comelec Resolution Number 8714ity and Municipalities in relation to COMELEC resolution Nr 8714 but still yielded with positive result as the people learned that the government forces meant business.

The conduct of Comelec checkpoints region wide from February 10-26 resulted in the arrest of 35 violators of gun ban, and the confiscation of 19 firearms and 18 deadly weapons.

Of the 35 violators arrested, 27 are civilians, 4 are security guards, 3 from the military and one from the police.

The biggest bulk of violations were posted by the Eastern Samar Provincial Police Office which arrested a total of 7 persons and confiscated 6 firearms. The Leyte Provincial Police Office reported the arrest of 7 persons and the confiscation of 3 firearms and 4 bladed weapons.

The Tacloban City Police Office reported the arrest of 4 persons, 1 firearms and 3 deadly weapons while the Samar Provincial Police Office reported 6 arrests, and confiscations of 2 firearms and 4 deadly weapons.

The Northern Samar Provincial Police Office reported only one arrest and the confiscation of 3 firearms. The person arrested introduced himself as a member of the Philippine National Police. (PIA 8) [top]

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