BACOLOD CITY -- Eight suspects were arrested while nine firearms were seized in this city since the start of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban on January 13, police records showed.
Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, public information officer of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said on Friday the arrests were made during six operations conducted until January 24.
These included checkpoints, anti-illegal drugs, and other police-initiated operations.
The nine firearms consisted of seven small arms and two home-made guns with 19 pieces of assorted ammunition.
The suspects have been charged, Pico said, adding that since the start of the implementation of the gun ban, the Bacolod City Police has intensified the campaign against those not allowed to carry and possess firearms.
During the poll period until June 12, all licenses to carry firearms outside the residence have been suspended. Only members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement units who are on duty will be issued written permits by the Comelec to carry firearms.
The gun ban seeks to prevent unlawful elements, such as private armed groups and gun-for-hire groups, from intimidating, injuring, or killing anyone during the election season.
During the mid-term elections on May 13, the electorate will vote for 12 senators, congressmen, party-list representatives, and local government officials, such as mayor, vice mayor, governor, vice governor, city councilors, and municipal and provincial board members. (PNA)