Comelec to set up checkpoints in 6 Metro Manila areas-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will set up checkpoints in six areas in Metro Manila at the start of the election period on Saturday.
The 45-day election period for the October 28 barangay elections will commence at 12:01 of September 28 and will end at 12 a.m. of November 12, said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in a press briefing Friday.
A firearms ban will also be implemented during the same period, he said.
Commissioner Grace Padaca identified the areas in the National Capital Region (NCR) where they will be setting up the checkpoints. These are Navotas-Malabon area; Monumento in Caloocan City; Trinoma, North Avenue in Quezon City, Pasig-Ortigas area, Kalayaan, Makati, Fort Bonifacio area and Pasay, Paranaque Airport road area.
"Gun ban exemptions issued in connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections shall be recognized as valid for purposes of the October 28, 2013 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections," Comelec's Resolution 9735 stated.
The same resolution also states that approved applications for employment/availment/engagement of security personnel/agencies during the midterm polls shall be subject to renewal for the same purpose.
In the May 13 polls, those given authority to employ security personnel or bodyguards are the President, Vice President, senators who are not running for re-election, Justices, Judges, Cabinet Secretaries, Chairman and Commissioners of the Comelec, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and AFP Major Service Commanders, and Director Generals and Senior Officers of the Philippine National Police.
Also exempted from the gun ban were the Internal Security from the Offices of the Vice President; Secretary of Interior and Local Government; and National Defense; State, Regional, Provincial, and City Prosecutors of the Department of Justice; Internal Security Division of the Bureau of Treasury; agents of the Bureau of Corrections; members of the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; National Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Intelligence, Investigation and Customs Police Divisions of the Bureau of Customs; Philippine Ports Authority; Philippine Economic Zone Authority police forces; Government Guard Forces; Investigation, and Intelligence Divisions of the Bureau of Immigration; Manila International Airport Authority Police Force; Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority Police Force; and Land Transportation Office Law Enforcement Service among others.
The guidelines were based on the Comelec's Resolution 9561-A issued for the midterm polls.
Violators shall be punished with imprisonment one to six years, permanent disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.
Aside from the gun ban, the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) also prohibits the following activities: the issuance of appointments, promotions, creation of new positions, or giving of salary increases in government offices or instrumentalities; alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; illegal release of prisoners and raising of funds thru dances, lotteries, cockfights etc.
Also prohibited during the election period are the organizing or maintaining reaction/strike forces or similar forces; transfer and detail of officers and employees in the civil service, including public school teachers; suspension of any elective provincial, city, municipal or barangay officer and use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates whether or not such bodyguards are regular members of officers of the PNP or the AFP or other government law enforcement agency.
On the other hand, Brillantes said that they already asked the Office of the President to declare the Election Day, October 28 a holiday. (HDT/Sunnex)