THE nationwide gun ban is already in effect as the election period kicked off Sunday, and will run until October 30.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Supervisor Jessie Suarez said that checkpoints were established all over the province as the police and the army go on full alert status.
The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are slated on October 23.
Suarez said the Comelec follows the calendar of activities for the elections because of the absence of the law postponing the said elections.
“The postponement of the barangay elections now lies on the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Suarez said.
The bill postponing the elections only needs the President’s signature to become a law.
The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the bill for its postponement to May 2018 and allowed a holdover for incumbent barangay officials.
Suarez also said that aspirants for the barangay polls can file their certificates of candidacy from October 5 to October 11. The campaign period will run from October 12 to October 21.
He added that he already met with the election officers in the province last Friday for the election preparations especially on their coordination with their respective chiefs of police for the gun ban.
“We have been prepared. We are only waiting for the official ballots and other election paraphernalia which will only be easier because the election will be held manually," Suarez said.
In connection with the gun ban, a man was arrested in Ilog town around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Police identified the suspect as Arnel Diaz, 33, of Barangay Hilamonan.
The suspect yielded a .38 caliber loaded with three live ammunition in a checkpoint at Barangay Dancalan.
The suspect, who will be charged for violating the Comelec gun ban, is in police custody.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on October 02, 2017.
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