JUNE 13, 2019 — Election-related incidents decreased by more than half this year, making it one of the most peaceful elections in the country, according to authorities.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that incidents were lower by 55 percent because of closer monitoring on various election bans, such as carrying firearms.
“As early as May 2018 nagsagawa na ang ang PNP ng iba’t-ibang police operations to account and confiscate loose firearms not only from private armed groups, but also from ordinary individuals. Kaliwa’t kanan ang search warrants natin,” PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said.
From January 13 to June 12, arrested gun ban violators totaled 6,362. Among them were over 5,000 civilians, 104 secuirty guards, 48 cops and 31 members of so-called threat groups.
The PNP seized more than 50,000 illegal firearms from the violators, who are now under investigation.
“Lahat ng mga confiscated firearms are being accounted for, including validation if these were even used in other crimes. Meron tayong ballistics examination para makuha yung mga ballistics prints nya at makita yung possibility na nagamit ito sa mga ibang krimen in the past,” Banac said.
As the election bans ended yesterday, the PNP lifted its full alert security nationwide except in areas inhabited by terrorist groups, such as the Abu Sayaff, BIFF and communist rebels.
Regions 9 to 13 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are also still under the PNP watch because of the extended implementation of martial law in these areas.