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14 Violators in NCR Arrested for Breaking Election Gun Ban Imposed by Comelec

Authorities arrested 14 individuals in National Capital Region (NCR) alleged violators of the election gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has detained 14 people for allegedly violating the election firearms prohibition. The NCRPO stated in a statement that five people were arrested on Sunday, January 9, the first day of the election firearms restriction period.

NCR Gun Ban Violators

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Following a tip from a concerned citizen, one suspect was apprehended in Pasay City on Sunday night. Another person was apprehended in Navotas City with an improvised firearm (sumpak).

In a follow-up operation in Pasay City, a 24-year-old suspect was apprehended in connection with a robbery. According to the report, he was in possession of a.38 caliber pistol.

On Monday, January 10, two additional individuals were apprehended at Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints in Quezon City, according to the NCRPO. The NCRPO apprehended four people at Comelec checks and ten people during police patrol operations.

Major Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. of the Philippine National Police informed the public that the police will continue to beef up checkpoints when the election firearms prohibition is implemented. Authorities set up tens of thousands of checkpoints around the nation as a gun ban went into force on Sunday, the first day of the election season, which begins on May 9.

According to PNP Chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos, the united forces of the PNP, AFP, and the Comelec have severely enforced the poll body’s rule forbidding the carrying and shipping of firearms and other lethal weapons until June 8. Over 14,000 PNP, Armed AFP, and Comelec officers are stationed at over 2,000 checkpoints.

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