CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The Region 1 police headed by Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez collared 329 violators and confiscated 244 assorted firearms during the duration of election gun ban all over the region from January 10 to June 8.
Velasquez said the 329 persons broken down into 310 civilians, 12 government officials and employees, five security guards and two policemenwere arrested for carrying firearms, gun replicas, airgun/airsoft gun, explosives and bladed weapons.
Based on data from the PRO1’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), 145 were arrested in Pangasinan, 62 in La Union, 54 in Ilocos Sur and 68 in Ilocos Norte.
The Region 1 police also seized 244 assorted firearms composed of 82 high powered and 162 low powered firearms; 30 firearm replicas, air guns and airsoft gun; 32 bladed weapons; and 36 grenade and explosives.
Velasquez said the violators were arrested through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response.
A total of 316 incidents were recorded, 172 of which were referred to Prosecutor’s Office, 128 were filed in court, two are under investigation, two were referred to DSWD, 10 were dismissed by Prosecutor’s Office and two has no case filed.
Meanwhile, Velasquez on June 6 conferred the Medalya ng Kasanayan and Medalya ng Papuri to personnel assigned at the PRO1 headquarters who rendered election duties during the 2016 national and local elections.
The Regional Director also conferred awards to police personnel on the ground during the ceremonial awarding conducted at the Police Provincial Offices of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.