The 19-day citywide gun ban in Bacolod while the MassKara Festival celebration is ongoing ends at midnight tomorrow, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.
De la Paz said no revelers were arrested for violating the gun ban but the Special Operations Group headed by Supt. Santiago Rapiz arrested an alleged civilian agent of the Philippine Army for alleged jai-alai operations and seized a .22 caliber revolver with 8 live ammunitions from him in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod, Saturday.
Rapiz said they have already filed charges for illegal possession of firearms against Ernesto Villalobos of Purok Marapara in Brgy. Bata before the Bacolod City prosecutor’s office yesterday.
Rapiz said Villalobos has only a mission order but no firearm license.
Philippine National Police chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome approved the gun ban during the MassKara festival to ensure that the celebration will be free from firearm-related incidents and safe for the residents and tourists.
The implementation of the gun ban while the MassKara festival was ongoing could be one of the factors why there were no firearm-related incidents recorded during the festivity, de la Paz said.
With the result of the implementation of gun ban for the MassKara this year, the City government will seek it again for next year’s festival, he also said.
De la Paz also said there were no heinous crimes recorded during the MassKara celebration and only cases of alarm and scandal and theft topped the incidents recorded during the festival.
Bacolod City policemen also seized a lot of bladed weapons from the festival revelers at the city’s downtown area and at the Lacson strip.*APN