By Larry Madarang

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO –Authorities have arrested 118 persons and seized 91 firearms since  the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban.

Chief Supt. Romeo Sapitula, regional director of the Police Regional Office-Ilocos Region (PRO-1) said, “the Region 1 police was able seized 91 assorted firearms composed of 20 pistol, 36 revolvers, 6 rifles, 4 shotguns and one light weapon, 11 improvised firearms and 14 firearm replicas. Other deadly weapons to include 13 bladed weapons, 26 grenade explosives and 660 ammunition were also confiscated.”

“The stern implementation of intensified police operations in collaboration with the COMELEC Rules and Regulations resulted in the arrest of persons and confiscation of firearms and other deadly weapons since January 13, 2019 to present,” Sapitula added.

Based on the data from the PRO1’s National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC), 118 persons were arrested, broken down into 115 civilians and 3 government officials and employees.

Sapitula, said the arrested persons were collared through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response, Oplan SITA and Oplan BAKAL.

Meanwhile, Sapitula encouraged firearm holders to surrender their firearms to the nearest police station in their location for safekeeping.  He also calls for the continuous conduct of police operations in striving safe and secure National Election 2019 which will be conducted on May 13, 2019. — (With reports from PRO-1)