A joint police and army checkpoint in Catarman, Northern Samar as part of enforcing the election gun ban. (Photo courtesy of Catarman police station)
PALO, Leyte -- The five-day extensive operations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas were able to seize 35 assorted weapons banned this election period.
Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP Eastern Visayas regional director, said police checkpoints recovered 27 ammunitions, four bladed weapons, and four firearms from January 28 to Feb. 1, 2019.
“Expect more of our relentless campaign in making Eastern Visayas safe and secure in preparation for the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections,” Carlos told reporters on Monday.
Carlos also reiterated his call to the public to obey and be one with authorities in the campaign for safe and secure elections.
Policemen arrested three persons in Leyte, two persons in Southern Leyte, and one each in Northern Samar and Eastern Samar provinces for election-related violations, including the illegal possession of bladed weapons, violation of Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The PNP has deployed 5,652 personnel during the five-day regular joint police and military checkpoints in the region.
Earlier, the PNP national headquarters issued a memorandum to all police regional directors to conduct simultaneous checkpoint operations for the elections pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 10468 starting Jan. 13, 2019.
It also directed regional directors to establish at least one checkpoint in each of the country's cities and towns in coordination with the local election officer and military territorial unit in the area.
This year’s mid-term elections will be held on May 13, during which, voters will choose 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)