Close to 1,600 violators arrested since start of election gun ban — PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Barely two months since the implementation of the election gun ban, a total of 1,561 individuals have been nabbed due to violation of the ordinance.

Based on data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), this includes 1,501 civilians, 11 members of PNP, six members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and a member of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Fifteen government and elected officials were also nabbed, along with 20 security guards, two members of the military's Citizens Armed Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and five individuals from other law enforcement agencies (LEA).

Lawbreakers were charged with illegal possession of firearms and violations of the Omnibus Election Code.

Penalty for law enforcers violating the election gun ban include not less than one to six years' imprisonment, discharge from public office, and forfeiture of all retirement benefits and privileges.

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Meanwhile, a total of 1,173 firearms were either confiscated, recovered, and surrendered to PNP.

This sum mostly consisted of pistols (411 pieces), revolvers (359 pieces), shotguns (80 pieces), rifles (69), and other improvised weapons like sumpak and paltik.

Other deadly weapons were also seized, which reached to 14,818, including firearms replica, bladed or pointed weapons, grenade, and other improvised explosive device.

The election period, which coincides the gun ban, is slated from midnight of January 10 to midnight of June 8.

Some 1,700 checkpoints have been designated nationwide by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and PNP in a bid to ensure the safety of Filipinos during the election period.

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