MANILA – A total of 6,302 individuals were apprehended for violating the 5-month election gun ban, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac said 5,259 firearms were seized during the election gun ban period which started last Jan. 10 and will end Wednesday, June 12.
A total of 49,889 other “deadly weapons” were also confiscated during the said period, Banac said in a press conference.
Banac said 103 private security guards, 45 PNP personnel, 25 military personnel, 92 local officials, and 19 other law enforcement officers were apprehend for violating the gun ban.
He explained that law enforcers were apprehended for carrying their personal firearms not covered by the gun ban exemption.
Banac said aside from the election offense, police personnel will also face administrative charges for violating the gun ban.
The Omnibus Election Code bans bearing or transporting firearms outside residences or places of business during the election period. The ban also applies to other public places and private and public vehicles.
Penalties for offenses range from 1 to 6 years of imprisonment, disqualification from holding public office, and the deprivation of the right to vote.