Gun ban still in effect

THE election gun ban relative to the May 14, 2018 barangay and SK elections is still in effect across the country until May 21.

Under Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10246, carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons is prohibited during the election period which began April 14 and will end on Monday.

In Western Visayas, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) spokesperson Supt. Joem Malong said a total of 80 persons were apprehended, 232 firearms were recovered and confiscated, and 408 ammunition, 10 explosives, and 30 bladed weapons were seized, as of May 15, 2018.

Malong attributed the accomplishment to the effective implementation of checkpoints in different areas of the region.

In connection with the conduct of the Barangay and SK elections last Monday, PRO-6 received eight complaints of vote-buying with one case formally filed with the prosecutor’s office.

Malong said that other cases are under investigation as complainants have yet to submit their affidavit to support the complaints.

She urged complainants to execute an affidavit so that appropriate legal measures will be done “to correct the old practice.”

Malong also thanked the public for the support and cooperation they have given to the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Commission on Elections for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the Barangay and SK elections in the region.

PRO 6 has recorded no major incident during last Monday’s polls. (PIA-Iloilo)

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