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32 Comelec gun ban violators arrested

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office arrested 32 individuals and confiscated 36 guns and deadly weapons for violating the Commission on Election (Comelec) gun ban from Aug. 28 to Sept. 26.

PRO XI spokesperson Major Catherine Dela Rey told reporters at the AFP-PNP press briefing on Sept. 27 at The Royal Mandaya Hotel that cases were already filed against the 32 individuals for violating the Comelec gun ban and illegal possession of firearms.

Of the total arrests, 11 are from Davao City, six from Davao del Sur, nine from Davao del Norte, three from Davao de Oro, two from Davao Occidental, and one from Davao Oriental.

Dela Rey said three of them were arrested during checkpoints, 23 during police responses, 13 from buy-busts, and two during the serving of search warrants.

Meanwhile, police confiscated 17 revolvers, 12 pistols, 18 deadly weapons (bladed weapons, grenades, and explosives), three explosives, and four replicas.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 10918, the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns, headed by Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, is assigned to issue Certificates of Authority to those exempted from the gun ban.

The following activities are not permitted throughout the election period unless specifically permitted by the poll body through a CA:

1.) To own, transport, or bear guns or other lethal weapons in all public areas and away from one’s home or place of work;

2.) To enlist the services of security guards and other bodyguards; and

3.) To carry or distribute explosives and guns, as well as any associated components, ammunition, or parts.

The gun ban started on Aug. 28 and will end on Nov. 29, 2023.


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