The implementation of the Comelec gun ban in Western Visayas netted seven violators and 24 firearms, two days after it was enforced on January 13.
Supt. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, said yesterday that two of the seven gun ban violators were arrested in Negros Occidental, three in Iloilo, and one each in Capiz and Bacolod City.
The second gun ban violator arrested by the police on Monday in Brgy. Zone 3, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was identified as Niel Malaga, 48, of the place.
The apprehension of Malaga yielded a .38 caliber revolver with ammunition.
Of the 24 firearms recovered, 16 were seized by the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office – 4, Capiz Police Provincial Office - 1 and Antique - 1.
The Commission on Elections has warned that gun ban violators could face one to six years imprisonment.
Apart from imprisonment, violators would be deprived of their right to vote and to hold public office.*
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