MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested 1,485 individuals for violating the Commission on Elections gun ban.
PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor said as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, those apprehended were mostly civilians. The gun ban implementation started last Jan. 10.
Of the number, 1,428 were civilians, 10 police officers, 14 government officials, six from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), one from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), 19 security guards, five employees of a law enforcement agency, and two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, Mayor said.
Police confiscated 1,110 firearms, 13,691 deadly weapons, 69 grenades, 128 other explosives, 54 firearm replicas, 414 bladed/pointed weapons and 12,949 ammunition.
The gun ban is being implemented by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies in line with the country’s national and local elections on May 9. The ban will last until June 8.