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NEPPO’S gun ban drive nets 187 loose guns, 70 suspects

November 30, 2023 Steve A. Gosuico 211 views

CABANATUAN CITY — The Nueva Ecija police’s strict implementation of the gun ban that started on August 28 until November 28 during the election period for the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections 2023 has led to the confiscation of 187 loose firearms and the arrest of 70 suspects.

Officials described the recent political event as the “most peaceful elections ever conducted in the province.”

“The enforcement of the gun ban in the province has undeniably played a crucial role in ensuring the holding of the most peaceful elections ever held in Nueva Ecija this year,” said Nueva Ecija top cop Col. Richard V. Caballero, in summing up how the NEPPO managed to maintain the peace and order situation in the province during the BSKE polls.

Caballero took pride in their accomplishments in the campaign against loose firearms, saying their intensified efforts actually paid off and helped NEPPO achieve its target of “zero casualty” during the election period.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the Novo Ecijano people whose active involvement has been instrumental in achieving this milestone. As we celebrate this achievement, we extend our gratitude to the community and assure them of our unwavering commitment to providing tireless service in the upcoming elections,” added the police official.

Records would show that a total of 60 loose firearms of different calibers were confiscated during various police operations such as COMELEC/Anti-criminality Checkpoints (9) Anti-illegal Drug Buy-bust Operations, (14) Police Response (15), OPLAN Sita (4), Patrolling (4), Anti-illegal Gambling Operations (1), Service of Search Warrants (12), and Manhunt Charlie Operations (1).

The loose guns were accounted as cal .38 (28 pieces), cal 45 (10 pieces), cal .22 (7), cal .32 (1), 9mm (3), homemade shotguns (3), and airguns/gun replicas (8 pcs).

Also, a total of 26 different types of explosives (hand grenades, UXO-unexploded ordnance, etc.) and 11 bladed/pointed weapons were also seized during the gun ban implementation.

A total of 70 individuals were arrested and were charged with violations of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines, while three suspects died in lawful police operations.

Meanwhile, at least 127 firearms of various calibers were also recovered from concerned parties through the PNP’s “Balik-Baril” program.