Civilians top WV’s election gun ban violators


At least 519 people in Western Visayas have been arrested for violating the Commission on Elections’ gun ban for the recently concluded May 13 midterm polls, regional police said.

The Police Regional Office 6 said most of those arrested are civilians at 499. The gun ban remains in effect until June 12.

Others arrested included nine security guards, four government/elected officials, three members of threat groups, two Armed Forces personnel, and one personnel each from the Philippine National Police and other law-enforcement agencies (

Seized from them were 272 firearms, six Class A weapons, and 269 improvised or homemade firearms.

Also confiscated were 335 small arms, 24 light weapons, and 832 rounds of ammunition.

PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lt. Col. Joem Malong said the police also seized other deadly weapons and thousands of assorted ammunition.

Malong said the relatively “small” number was due to the pre-election operations the PRO-6 conducted, as well as the public’s awareness against carrying firearms in public.