PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. yesterday said their strict enforcement of the nationwide gun ban since last August 28 has been bearing significant results and is being seen as a major contributory factor in their effort to prevent crimes attributed to illegal firearms.
He said from August 28 to last Sunday, a total of 1,063 gun ban violators have been apprehended by the police across the country and are now all facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and the Omnibus Election Code.
The top cop added that during the period, a total of 654 firearms have been seized during the enforcement of the prohibition on the unauthorized carrying of guns and other deadly weapons in the streets imposed by the Commission on Elections in line with the October 30 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
Another 2,544 guns with expired licenses were also deposited or turned over by their registered owners to the police force for safekeeping during the BSKE period.
Gen. Acorda said based on their assessment on the report of the 17 Police Regional Office directors and the different Regional Peace and Security Coordinating Councils, they expect the BSKE to push thru on October 30 without any major glitch.