The first two days of gun ban implementation in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, already accounted for five violators, the police reported yesterday.
Chief Inspector Joem Magalong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, yesterday said that three firearms and three bladed weapons were also confiscated from the arrested suspects.
The election period for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election started Saturday with simultaneous checkpoints conducted by the different units of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office.
While they have already established EWAS (Election Watchlist of Areas) in Western Visayas, Magalong said the list will be submitted to the Commission on Election for validation.
But Magalong refused to elaborate on details or numbers of possible barangay hotspots in the region, pending validation by the Comelec.
There are 5,744 barangays in the country being monitored by the PNP as possible hotspots in the May 14 elections.
Meanwhile, policemen conducting Oplan Bakal Sita, arrested Jonathan Sison inside a KTV bar on Saturday at Lopez Jaena Street in Brgy. Zone 4, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
The arrest of Sison, a former security guard, yielded a 357 Smith and Wesson caliber 357 Magnum revolver with five live ammunition.
Inspector Charmae De Paz, NOCPPO spokesperson, yesterday said that Sison was also wearing a PNP athletic uniform with markings “PULIS”, when he was arrested by the Cadiz police.
De Paz added that charges for violation of the Comelec gun ban and illegal use of police uniforms or insignia will be filed against Sison in court.
It was reported that the arrested suspect was also claiming to be a policeman.
Four others were also arrested for violation of the Comelec gun ban in the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo, as well as in Antique, that also yielded two more .38 caliber revolvers with ammunition and three bladed weapons.
Magalong also reported that they have not monitored private armed groups that may be utilized during the SK and barangay elections.
There are reports that insurgency-affected barangays in Western and Central Visayas may also be included in the list of EWAS.
Capt. Eduardo Precioso,3rd Infantry Division spokesman, however, said they are still in the process of identifying baragays said to be insurgency-affected, that will be subjected to validation by the AFP Central Command.
A man was nabbed for carrying two knives at Sector 9 of the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday.
Personnel of the Sector 9 Frisking Area at Panaad endorsed Alex Mendis, 39, of La Salle Ville Subdivision in Barangay Mansilingan to Police Station 7, Senior Insp. Armilyn Vargas, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said yesterday.
A 10-inch long jungle knife and 12-inch long scythe were recovered from Mendis, police records show.
Bladed weapons are also covered by the Commission on Elections gun ban, Vargas said, and Mendis is the first violator in Bacolod.
Mendis was also observed to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a police report said.
Vargas said Mendis is now detained at the custodial facility of Station 7 and charges for violations of Bacolod City Ordinance 358, or the illegal possession of deadly weapons in relation to the COMELEC gun ban are being readied against him.*GPB/SGG
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