By Edith B. Colmo
THERE were 240 gun ban violators who were apprehended as the five-month gun ban of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ended on June 8. Lt. Col Arnel Solis, Police Regional Office-6 information officer, said 138 assorted firearms and 115 different types of bladed weapons were seized from various violators.
Negros Occidental has the highest number of violators with 80, followed by Iloilo province with 42, Aklan – 28, Antique – 26, Iloilo City – 24, Bacolod City – 20, Capiz – 12 and Guimaras – 8.
On firearms and deadly weapons recovered, Negros Occidental, 53 and 32, respectively; Iloilo Province,
30 and 13; Aklan, 7 and 22; Antique, 13 and 12; Iloilo City, 5 and 20; Bacolod City, 14 and 8; Capiz, 8 and 6; and Guimaras 8 and 2.
Cases were also filed against the violators.
Brig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, PRO-6 regional director, said: “these arrests are products of our close coordination, strong collaboration and strict implementation of COMELEC Resolution through COMELEC
checkpoints. The arrest of the perpetrators prevented them from potentially creating unlawful actions due to their possession of deadly weapons and firearms.*