Police still on full alert-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao announced on Tuesday that the police are still on full alert status even if the barangay elections had ended.
Police Superintendent Michael M. Pareja, PNP regional spokesman, said the election period would conclude on November 12, and that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints and Comelec gun ban are still in effect.
Pareja said the Comelec, the PNP and the Philippine army would still implement checkpoints on strategic areas to avoid post-election-related incidents.
“But even if it is not election period, we also implement checkpoints, with or without the Comelec personnel. With regard to the Comelec gun ban, unauthorized persons cannot bring or carry with them firearms,” he said.
Pareja, however, clarified that during the election period, even police officers cannot carry their issued firearms without wearing proper uniforms.
“Even if it’s not election period, we still implement the gun ban law to those unauthorized persons. But we can only charge them with regard to the violation of the regular gun ban law and not anymore the Comelec gun ban (as mandated on the Election Code),” he added.
But police personnel with threats can bring firearms even in civilian attire, Pareja said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 30, 2013.