Part of the campaign to make May 13 polls peaceful
TACLOBAN CITY- A total of 114 banned weapons were confiscated and 33 civilians arrested across the region covering an 11-day operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) aimed in making the May 13 balloting peaceful and orderly.
The seized weapons were 52 ammunition, 27 bladed weapons, 13 units of firearms which includes 5 units of cal. 45 pistol, 4 units of cal. 38 revolver and 1 unit each for cal. 22 pistol and 5.56 revolver.
Also retrieved at various check points were improvised gun and homemade gun (deholen) and marbles used for ‘holen’ gun, four magazines, two units each for cartridge case and sling bag and one empty shell for cal. 45 pistol.
“I am thankful for the continued support we had received from the community. Let us continue helping one another to achieve a safer election this coming May 13,” said Police Brigadier Dionardo Carlos, the police regional director.
Of the 33 arrested civilians, 19 were from Leyte; four each from Northern Samar and Samar; two from Eastern Samar; and one each from Biliran, Southern Leyte, Tacloban and Ormoc.
The cases of the apprehended persons include violations of BP Blg. 6 (An Act Reducing the Penalty for Illegal possession of bladed, pointed or blunt weapons, and for other purposes), RA 10591 (Comprehensive firearms and ammunition regulation act), frustrated murder, alarm and scandal, violation of Sec. 261 of Paragraph Q of Omnibus Election Code (Carrying firearms oA total of 21,010 PNP personnel along with the Philippine Army conducted the operations across the region March 29 to April 8.
(RONALD O. REYES)