The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded the public on Thursday that carrying or transporting firearms, explosives, or other deadly weapons are still prohibited in the entire run of the election period.
PNP Spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac said that the national police has conducted more than 350 thousand checkpoint operations all over the country including the red areas the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared.
Around 3,000 were arrested this includes civilians, PNP officials, government elected officials, and private security guards while 22,000 deadly weapons and about 2,000 firearms were confiscated. Aside from filing Illegal Possession of Firearms their license would also be canceled.
Banac encouraged the gun owners with an illegal or expired license to surrender their firearms to the authorities for temporary custody and safekeeping. Even police personnel who have their personal guns with an expired license are not exempted to the rule except those deputized by PNP, Comelec and Armed Forces of the Philippines during their official performance of duty. Other than that, those arrested would face an administrative and criminal charge under the omnibus election code.
PNP said all permits to carry firearms outside residence have been suspended as well as the renewal of expired license. The national police expect a peaceful campaign period for the remaining. (CHAY ALDAY/LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS)