AROUND 1,150 members of criminal gangs were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the election campaign period.
The figures were based on PNP data from January 9 up to March 31, 2022.
According to PNP Chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, he gave strict instructions for the police to maintain and safeguard security and assure that the upcoming elections will be orderly and safe.
Included in his instructions is to intensify the campaign against loose firearms and criminal gangs.
Meanwhile, aside from the arrests made, about 40 criminal gang members surrendered to the police.
The PNP was also able to confiscate 143 firearms during their operations.