Visayas police: Knives, gun replica included in Comelec gun ban

The Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO6) warned the public anew about the existing
Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban implemented in line with the 2023 Barangay and
Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).
PRO6 spokesperson Maj. Grace Borio said from the start of implementation on Aug. 28 until Sept. 4,
police units in Western Visayas have already arrested 10 individuals and confiscated seven assorted
firearms and three bladed weapons.
“When we say Comelec gun ban, it doesn’t mean that only firearms are prohibited outside of our
residence. It covers bladed and deadly weapons and even gun replicas,” she said in an interview on
She said two were caught through checkpoints, while the rest were through various police operations.
Borio said one Comelec checkpoint is set up per municipality daily and at least two per police station.
“We advise the public not to bring bladed weapons or firearms outside of residence so they won’t get
caught in Comelec checkpoints. There is no bail for violation of the Comelec gun, unlike in ordinary
days,” she added.
Cases were filed against three suspects, while the rest are for filing. (PNA)