A total of 152 firearms were surrendered to the Philippine National Police and presented at the Firearm Safekeeping Caravan held in Calbayog City which was attended by Police Regional Office 8 Regional Director Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos(right). In photo, Regional Special Task Group Commander, PRO8 Deputy Regional Director for Operations Senior Superintendent Rolando Miranda turn-over the firearms to Commission on Election Assistant Regional Director Atty. Felicisimo Embalsado and witnessed by 803st brigade commander, Brigadier General Ramil Bitong and Calbayog City Police Chief, Superintendent Joie Pacito Yape. (Roel T. Amazona)

TACLOBAN CITY-The Police Regional Office here in the region has seized a total of 30 banned weapons during a five-day massive and simultaneous operation to support this year’s “Secure and Fair Election (SAFE)” midterm elections in the region.
“I am truly grateful of the decreasing number of seized weapons in Eastern Visayas during checkpoints. It truly shows that the community is cooperating in our campaign for a safe election,” said Police Director Dionardo Carlos.
All the weapons were confiscated from civilians on March 6 to 10, Carlos said.
The dangerous weapons confiscated were nine bottles of explosive substance locally known as “badil”; eight bladed weapons; six ammunition; three firearms including homemade shotgun known as “sumpak”; homemade firearm locally known as “de holen”; one unit caliber 38 revolver; two metal improvised bullet; and one fired cartridge and slingshot.
Leyte Provincial Police Office arrested five persons out of five operations while Samar Police Provincial Office arrested three persons.
Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office arrested two persons while Biliran Police Provincial Office arrested one person, the regional police command said.
The Philippine Army also joined during the checkpoint operations.
Police have readied various charges against the suspects.