Despite the implementation of the gun ban for the midterm polls in May, the Philippine National Police recorded 10 shooting incidents in Negros Occidental, where five of the 10 victims, including two of them drug suspects were killed, since it was enforced Jan. 13.
SPO4 Oscar Exaltado, deputy commander of Bacolod City Police Office Station 6, was the latest fatality in the series of shooting incidents in Negros Occidental, police records show.
The two drug suspects, Joey Nillosan and Jose Bugalon Jr., were killed in Hinigaran town and Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, respectively, by motorcycle riding suspects, the police said.
But Chief Inspector Edison Garcia, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday said that, in the same period, they have already accounted for nine gun ban violators, who yielded nine assorted firearms.
Garcia said they will be more aggressive in conducting police operations.
Added to the list of arrested gun ban violators were Rufino Aguirre, Roberto Buri-an and Edel Aranguez, whose apprehensions during the weekend in the cities of Victorias, Cadiz and Silay, all in Negros Occidental, yielded three homemade firearms, two shotguns and a .38 caliber revolver with ammunition.
The Bacolod City Police Office also accounted for 10 suspects for violation of the Comelec gun ban, while 11 firearms were also recovered from Jan. 13 to Jan. 26.
The campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms and the conduct of checkpoints has been intensified by the police, in line with the May 13 elections.*
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