FIVE persons were killed in the first three days of legitimate police checkpoint operations nationwide in line with the implementation of the Comelec gun ban.
PNP - Public Information Office head Chief Supt. Benigno “Bong” Durana said the fatalities were from Central Luzon, including two from San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; one in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija and two from San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.
According to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, all suspects were killed for evading police checkpoints and shooting policemen manning the area.
Durana said the fatalities were criminal suspects who evaded legitimate Comelec checkpoints.
The PNP made the clarification following concerns about the rising number of casualties at election checkpoints.
Durana said only lawless elements were killed in the operations.
He appealed to all motorists to cooperate and bear with police officers manning checkpoints. He said there will be no let up in the conduct of checkpoints.
“We will continue to do this. This is part of creating an enabling environment so that we can achieve the desired outcome that we are foreseeing — a level playing field where violence will not rise — because we want to make sure that our elections are fair, honest, credible and peaceful,” Durana said.