MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Sunday that 2,132 people have…
So far, about 3000 election gun prohibition violators have been apprehended.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday that 2,973 persons have been arrested for breaking the election firearms prohibition.
The PNP claimed in a statement that 2,890 people were captured, including 49 security guards, 17 police officers, and 17 military personnel.
A total of 2,850 police operations yielded 2,264 firearms, 11,985 rounds of ammunition, and 1,086 dangerous weapons, according to the report.
According to the PNP’s newest data, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the most apprehended violators (1114), followed by Calabarzon (329), Central Visayas (313), Central Luzon (273), and Western Visayas (273). (183).
From January 9 through June 8, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10728, carrying, carrying, or transporting firearms or lethal weapons outside of one’s home and in all public places is illegal.
Law enforcement officers are exempt from the restriction, although they must obtain permission from the Comelec and wear an agency-approved uniform while on official duty during the election period.
Violators face a sentence of not less than one year but not more than six years in jail, with no possibility of parole.
They also risk being barred from holding public office, losing their right to vote, and having their firearms licenses revoked or suspended indefinitely.
Col. Jean Fajardo, a spokesperson for the Philippine National Police, stated in a TV interview on Monday that 52 incidents of election-related violence have been registered in the run-up to the May 9, 2022 polls.
According to Fajardo, 28 of the alleged incidents have already been established as unrelated to the polls, while the remaining 14 are currently being investigated.
“As of May 1, tayo nakapagtala ng 52 election-related incidents,” says the report. Out of the 52 election-related occurrences, 28 were non-election-related incidents that were validated, while 14 were under investigation and suspected (As of May 1, we were able to register 52 election-related incidents.) “Of the 52 election-related incidents, 28 have been confirmed as non-election incidents, with the remaining 14 being investigated and suspected),” she stated.
According to Fajardo, ten of the incidents are election-related, based on the report they received.
She pinpointed the locations of the occurrences, which included four in the Ilocos Region, three in Zamboanga, and one each in Central Luzon, Northern Mindanao, and Cordillera.
She didn’t go into any further detail.
The Comelec has designated 104 municipalities and 14 cities across the country as being in the “red category,” which is the highest degree of alert for probable election-related violence, owing to the presence of armed organizations and fierce political competition. Due to probable election-related violence, the Comelec has taken control of ten regions.
A total of 16,820 PNP personnel have been despatched for election duty, with another 41,965 deployed at the 5,531 Comelec-supervised checkpoints.
In addition, two mobile force units are on standby in each province, with additional police units despatched in 104 municipalities and 14 cities identified as hotspots.