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6,264 checkpoints set up in strategic areas for election period yield results

Three days into the gun ban set for the 2019 midterm elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) seized 47 firearms, nabbed 45 individuals and confiscated 311 deadly weapons out of the 6,264 checkpoints set up in strategic areas nationwide as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, based on data from the PNP National Election Monitoring and Action Center.

There were also eight incidents of election-related violence: six in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and two in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. These are subject to validation.

The PNP is tasked to implement Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10468, which provides guidelines on the establishment and operation of checkpoints for the midterm polls. It is a deputized agency of the poll body.

“There will be daily updates of reported gun ban violations for the entire duration of the election period through the Election Monitoring and Action Centers in the national, regional and provincial levels,” PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said recently.

The PNP is also tasked to dismantle private armed groups, provide security to vulnerable candidates, lead the accounting for loose firearms as well as neutralize gun-for-hire and criminal gangs.

“It helps a lot that we are implementing this election security operations just as we wrap-up a year-long successful campaign in year 2018 against loose firearms, private armed groups and criminal syndicates that would have complicated the present situation and added to the security concerns for the coming midterm elections in May,” Albayalde said.

“Each time, there are always lessons learned from previous experience that allow us to innovate and improve on how to address situations. And always we put our best foot forward to accomplish the mission,” he added.#