CAMP COL. ABENDAN, Zamboanga City – The Police Regional Office 9 has arrested a total of One-Hundred Forty Three gun violators in Zamboanga Peninsula in almost six month implementation of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) election gun ban that ran from January 13 up to June 12, 2019. Police Brig. Gen. Froilan F Quidilla, Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 director, said of the arrested persons, 132 were civilians, three were government troopers, three were security guard and five were government officials.
The Acting Regional Director said they were apprehended from January 13 to June 12, 2019 for carrying firearms, gun replicas, explosives, and bladed weapons during the conduct of law enforcement operations such as checkpoints, buy-bust operations, police patrols/response, search warrant and other police operations.
The confiscated/seized and recovered items include 132 small guns, 3 light weapon guns, two gun replicas, 9 improvised/homemade guns, 25 pieces of grenades, 28 improvised explosive devices, 1 378 pieces of ammunition, and 9 bladed weapons.
Police Brig. Gen. Froilan F Quidilla, Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 director commended the whole forces of Police Regional Office 9 and its counterpart from the AFP and other law enforcement agencies for the successful enforcement and implementation of the election gun ban across the region which has led in the peaceful and orderly conduct of May 13 national and local elections in the region.
Meanwhile, The Regional Director emphasized that despite the termination of election gun ban on June 12, 2019, he assures the public that the police and AFP are not lowering their guards as they are still fully committed to implements regular law enforcement operations and other police operations in order to keep the whole Zamboanga Peninsula region violence-free.