By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday that it did everything it could to warn the public on the implementation of gun ban amid the continuous increase in the number of arrested for gun ban violation.
As of Thursday, a total of 3,105 people have been arrested since the gun ban was implemented in January 13 for the midterm elections on May 13. The gun ban will be lifted on June 12.
PNP spokesman Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac said they have already disseminated information on the gun ban implementation as early as last year, adding that it was even repeatedly announced in traditional and social media.
“Unfortunately, there are still hard-headed people who defy this so they have to suffer the consequences,” said Banac.
He said that even in the PNP, there were still those who did not follow the order on gun ban. This resulted in the arrest of 32 policemen.
On the other hand, a total of 2,924 civilians were arrested. There were also five soldiers arrested, 57 security guards and 44 government employees.
Civilian will face criminal charges while policemen and government employees will face additional administrative charges which has a maximum penalty of dismissal from the service.
A total of 2,603 firearms were also confiscated along with 22, 930 deadly weapons.