Issue of February 28, 2016

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Abra PPO safekeeps politicos’ firearms
by Ginalyn B. Brioso / PIA

BANGUED, Abra – Firearms owned by politicians are now in the custody of the Provincial Police Office (PPO).

The ceremonial turnover was done last Feb. 15 at Camp Juan Villamor, Calaba, this town.

The 74 firearms comprised of 44 short and 30 rifles shall be under the PPO’s custody until after the elections.

According to PPO OIC Antonio P. Bartolome, the activity aims to compel all candidates to surrender guns and ammos under their keeping. He said it is a strategy to attain peaceful and meaningful elections.

Even while only a few candidates attended, Bartolome considered it as a good start in bringing about political maturity and adherence to the law.

Provincial Election Officer Mae Richelle Beronilla was present to witness the surrender of firearms for safekeeping.

Other candidates who did not attend the turnover surrendered their firearms in their respective municipal police stations.

The 2016 gun ban started in Jan. 10 and will end on June 10.

During the ban, it is prohibited to bear, carry, or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside of residence, places of business, and in all public places, unless authorized in writing by the Commission on Elections.

Elections in Abra have been noted for bloodshed and violence among rival candidates but made a turnaround under former Police Regional Office-CAR Director Benjamin Magalong.

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