PNP: 65 private army members ‘neutralized,’ 73 guns seized

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(FILE) 5,000 assorted and unuseable firearms are destroyed during a ceremonial demilitarization and destruction of confiscated and surrendered weapons in Camp Crame, Quezon City, headed by Philippine National Police Chief Guillermo T. Eleazar on Monday, June 28. Niño Jesus Orbeta/Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 65 alleged members of different private armies were “neutralized” as the Philippine National Police (PNP) intensifies its crackdown of private armed groups for the upcoming 2022 elections, PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar said Saturday.

As of January to August 2021, a total of the 65 members of private armed groups were “neutralized”: eight were arrested, one was killed and 56 others have surrendered to authorities.

The PNP added that 73 firearms were also seized in 13 operations from January to August 2021.

Eleazar, in a statement, said…

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