Police urge politicos to follow gun ban

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Friday, January 4, 2013


CORDILLERA top cop Benjamin Magalong urged political candidates to follow the gun ban order for a peaceful May 2013 elections.

The gun ban, which will start on January 13, will prohibit any person to carry firearms outside their residences.

The order is among the measures of the Philippines National Police in maintaining a peaceful campaign up to the Election Day.

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Magalong said if politicians wish to carry firearms for personal protection, they should seek permits to carry firearms first prior to their actual possession.

He said politicians who need security guards should seek the right security agency and shun goons for hire.

He said they will be firm on implementing the gun ban especially in Abra and Kalinga, which were called election hotspots. Confiscation of illegal firearms already started in these two provinces since November 2012, he added.

He also said that a surveillance on the Private Armed Groups (PAGs), armed body guards, loose firearms, and members of PAGs resulted in their reduced numbers in Abra and Kalinga.

Magalong revealed that from 87 PAGs in Abra, only 18 were recorded recently. In Kalinga, the number of PAGs decreased from 14 to four.

Guns for hire in Abra also reduced, from 17 to seven.

Magalong said policemen also engaged stakeholders in the implementation of the gun ban in Abra and Kalinga.

He also said there is an average of 46 mobile checkpoints in the region per day to keep the Cordillera peaceful, as the election is fast approaching.

He said among the 46, around 10 to 11 mobile checkpoints are being conducted daily in Baguio City. He assured these checkpoints are being monitored for its continuous operation.

Meanwhile, the new helmet law, which is effective this January, is expected to reduce riding–in–tandem killings in Baguio and the Cordillera.

Magalong said they will support the Department of Trade and Industry's efforts to implement the helmet law.

He said that from 18 cases of riding–in–tandem killings, only four cases were recorded in Abra because of the efforts initiated by the DTI.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 04, 2013.

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