Climaco: Report gun ban violations-A A +A
Monday, January 14, 2013
MANILA -- The public must also play its role in ensuring the effectivity of the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and police authorities, a House leader said on Monday.
At midnight January 13, the 150-day gun ban was enforced as the election period officially started.
Police authorities have also set up checkpoints in the country. These checkpoints will be in place until June 12.
Deputy Speaker and Zamboanga City Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco said the gun ban will help ensure a peaceful conduct of polls on May 13.
“As aspirants for elective posts, we must comply with Commission on Elections rules. And we call on the public to be vigilant and report violations to authorities,” Climaco said.
A jail time of six years and losing the right to suffrage awaits those caught violating the election gun ban.
Southern Leyte Representative Roger Mercado noted that the gun ban is vital in ensuring the conduct of honest elections.
“We should all responsibly do our share in observing the ban to achieve honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” he said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)