6 per­sons ar­rested since start of Com­elec gun ban

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Po­lice ar­rested six per­sons in the first two days of the gun ban in the cities of Cebu, Man­daue, La­puLapu, and around the prov­ince.

Four were caught with firearms in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Cebu Prov­ince. Two per­sons were ap­pre­hended for con­ceal­ing bladed weapons in Man­daue City and Cebu City.

Supt. Rey­man To­lentin, chief of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO) 7 in­for­ma­tion of­fice, said that 4,772 per­son­nel manned the 879 check­points from Satur­day mid­night un­til Sun­day night.

He said check­points will help im­mo­bi­lize po­ten­tial armed group mem­bers dur­ing next month’s Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) elec­tions.

To­lentin said they have to im­ple­ment the law re­gard­less if the vi­o­la­tor is not aware of the gun ban, as ig­no­rance can­not be used as an ex­cuse.

The gun ban has been in ef­fect since last April 14 and will be in ef­fect un­til May 21.

Mean­while, Se­nior Supt. Alan Okubo, Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice di­rec­tor, said they have ac­ti­vated the Pro­vin­cial Joint Peace and Se­cu­rity Co­or­di­nat­ing Cen­ter.

He de­scribed the first two days of the gun ban im­ple­men­ta­tion as peace­ful.

Okubo also said that two barangays in the mid­west­ern town of Tubu­ran are be­ing eyed for in­clu­sion in the elec­tion watch list of ar­eas.

How­ever, they still have to sub­mit the list to the PRO 7 val­i­da­tion and re­view, he said.

He said that the two barangays had elec­tion-re­lated in­ci­dents in the 2015 barangay elec­tions.

The po­lice of­fi­cial did not di­vulge the names of the barangays with noth­ing fi­nal yet.

But be­fore the elec­tions in May 2016, for­mer Mon­teale­gre barangay cap­tain Ludu­vico Oro­quero was ar­rested for shoot­ing to death the body­guard of Mayor Dem­ocrito Dia­mante.

Last week, 24 chiefs of the town’s 54 barangays sur­ren­dered 32 loose firearms. Dia­mante, in an ear­lier re­port, said this was one way of pro­mot­ing peace and or­der in next month’s elec­tions.

Okubo said they are also mon­i­tor­ing barangay of­fi­cials who have al­leged links to the il­le­gal drug trade and pri­vate armed groups that may of­fer their ser­vices to the can­di­dates.

He said the elec­torate should fol­low their con­science in choos­ing their lead­ers and not vote for can­di­dates in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade.

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