THE country’s top cop has said that there is no need to continue the nationwide Comelec gun ban and establishment of checkpoints in the country.
During the 116th Police Service Anniversary of Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa said "based on the omnibus election code, there is no need to continue on with Comelec Gun Ban and Checkpoint since the President has already signed the postponement of the Barangay and SK elections for next year.”
Based on Republic Act No. 10952 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte set local elections to May 2018, with incumbent local officials ordered to remain in office.
"It will all depend on a case to case basis if the ground commander sees the need to continue on with the conduct of checkpoints to maintain peace and order in their area of coverage," the General said.
Dela Rosa backed the decision of the President to postpone the Barangay and SK elections to prevent the flooding of drug money by incumbent officials.
"If these narco-politicians in the barangay level continues on with their illegal drug activities, then definitely the police will run after those Barangay Captains acting as drug lords identified by our police operatives," said the PNP chief.
But despite the postponement of the elections, the PNP notes the presence of elected barangay captains involved in the drug menace.
Dela Rosa added that "although we value life and want every person like these incumbent Barangay officials involved in the drug problem to be alive, these narco-politicians would have to face are men in uniform if they would not heed our call for them to stop, and it will be unfortunate if the inevitable future would come to them."
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on October 07, 2017.
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