The Bacolod City Police Office has remained the top performer among the major police units in Western Visayas, in the enforcement of the Comelec gun ban, police records showed yesterday.
The BCPO accounted for 40 gun ban violators, with Iloilo Police Provincial Office trailing behind with 38, the Iloilo City Police Office - 37, Negros Occidental and Aklan Police Provincial Offices with 30 each, Capiz PPO - 19, Antique PPO - 10 and Guimaras PPO - 3.
Since the Comelec gun ban was enforced on January 13, The Police Regional Office 6 has arrested 207 gun ban violators.
Of the gun ban violators arrested, 27 were security guards, three policemen, two government officials, a member of the Philippine Army, while 174 others were civilians.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director of Western Visayas, said civilians compose 84 percent of the gun ban violators.
Despite their campaign, many civilians still defy the election gun ban, Cruz said. “The violators would not have carried their guns without ill motives,” he added.
Cruz said they will intensify police operations as election day nears to accost gun ban violators.
In the same period, 118 firearms, 86 bladed weapons, five explosives and four gun replicas, were also confiscated from the arrested violators.* GPB