The police recovered 72 firearms in the Western Visayas, including Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, while 36 persons were arrested, among their gun ban violators, in the first 20 days of this year, police records show.
Of the 72 firearms, 22 were seized in various police operations, and in the enforcement of the Comelec gun ban that took effect January. 13, while 50 others were surrendered, Supt. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, said yesterday.
In Negros Occidental, six gun ban violators were apprehended. They included John Mark Treyes, 18, whose arrest on Sunday in Brgy. Zone 4-A, Talisay City, yielded a homemade .38 caliber revolver.
Six others, including three security guards, were also arrested in Bacolod City for violation of the Comelec gun ban.
Of the 36 arrested persons, the NOCPPO and Bacolod City Police Office recorded the most number of arrested suspects with 11 each, while 26 firearms were surrendered to the Iloilo Police Provincial Office and 13 others to the NOCPPO, nine to the Capiz PPO and two to the Antique PPO.
BCPO had the most number of confiscated firearms with eight, NOCPPO-6, IPPO -5 and one each in the Guimaras, Capiz and Aklan PPOs.
The campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms was further intensified by the Police Regional Office 6, in line with the May 13 elections this year.*
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