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Police confiscates over 50 firearms in Central Visayas amid election gunban

49 violators arrested, including 3 soldiers

Cebu City (10 February) -- A total of 55 firearms in Central Visayas have been confiscated by the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) since the election gun ban has been imposed last January 10 as it now strengthens its aggressive campaign amid the start of the election campaign period in the national level.

PRO-7 Chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division P/Supt. Ernesto Agas during the 'Talakyan sa Isyung Pulis' (TSIP) Forum this morning bared that of the total 55 weapons recovered, 44 were classified as low-powered firearms and 11 high-powered weapons.

"The firearms were confiscated during separate operations conducted by the different provincial and city police offices in the region," Agas stressed.

The most number of firearms recovered came from Cebu Province with 25 where 21 of these are low-powered firearms and four high-powered ones, according to Agas.

Second was Cebu City with 10 firearms recovered followed by Bohol Province with six firearms confiscated through separate operations conducted, this was learned.

Agas said there were 49 persons arrested in violation of the election gun ban including three military personnel that were apprehended in Bohol.

Armed Forces of the Philippines - Central Command Spokesperson Maj. Wilson Feria in the same forum disclosed that the three military personnel were members of the Philippine Marines. "Two of the soldiers are on AWOL (absence without leave) while the case of the remaining soldier was already forwarded to Fort Bonifacio in Manila for further investigation."

Feria said strict instructions have been echoed to enlisted personnel to comply with the gun ban as violations to the law face possible discharge from the service.

Only the province of Siquijor remained peaceful as it reported zero apprehension on election gun ban violation, Agas said.

All violators of the poll gun ban have been charged with all cases now filed in court, this is said.

Mandaue City Police Office Director S/Supt. Noel Gillamac pointed to an existing directive from higher headquarters that policemen caught violating the gun ban will be assign to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao on top of being administratively and criminally charged as well as their immediate superior for command responsibility.

Nationwide, a total of 618 firearms have been confiscated by the police and 743 gun ban violators arrested among them 52 policemen, 29 soldiers, 31 government officials and 631 civilians.

The Philippine National Police yesterday launched simultaneous checkpoint operations throughout the 3,500 Comelec checkpoints across the country including Cebu to intensify security operations as the official national campaign period kicked off yesterday. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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