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PIA Press Release
2010/11/12

PNP-CAR reports decrease of violations of Comelec gun ban

by Redjie Cawis

La Trinidad, Benguet (12 November) -- The Police Regional Office Cordillera reported decrease in the cases of violation of Commission on Elections Resolution 9028 or the Gun ban that ended last Wednesday, November 10.

Regional Election Monitoring Action Center Head, PSupt. John Paul Mencio, noted that there has been a significant decrease of cases of gun ban and other election related incidents in the Cordillera region for the October 25 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections compared to the May 10 national and local elections.

In the report, 62 persons including two government officials from Abra were arrested in the different provinces of the region for the violation of the COMELEC gun ban.

Baguio City topped the list with 26 persons followed by Abra with 22 while a suspect is still at large in Ifugao. Three cases were recorded in Apayao while Benguet and Kalinga have four cases each.

There were 32 firearms confiscated of which 19 are high powered firearms. There were also dynamites and blasting caps that were recovered by the REMAC operatives. No gun replicas, air gun or airsoft gun was confiscated, Mencio said.

The police force also confiscated 21 bladed weapons and mostly from Baguio City during the implementation of the gun ban.

In Resolution No. 9028, the COMELEC en banc reiterated the need to strictly enforce Sections 32 and 33 of Republic Act No. 7166, that states: "During the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. The issuance of firearms shall be suspended during the election period."

According to Mencio, shooting incidence were reported in Abra and Apayao resulting to the wounding of three individuals but the shooting to death of a candidate in Abra was the only reported as an election related incident.

The ballot snatching and burning in barangay Baay, Pinukpuk, Kalinga was also the only election related violence that occurred during the election day on October 25. (PIA) [top]

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