Comelec gun ban starts tomorrow-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE 45-DAY ban on carrying firearms and employing security personnel in public will officially start tomorrow, September 28, the start of the election period for the barangay elections on October 28.
"Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9715 which prescribed the calendar of activities and period of prohibited acts in connection with the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections, gun ban will be imposed beginning September 28, 2013 until November 12, 2013," according to the official website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The election period is 30 days before the date of the elections and 15 days after.
The filing of candidacy starts on October 15 until October 17.
Violation of the ban on carrying firearms and employing security personnel will be fined with one to six years imprisonment, permanent disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.
Comelec Resolution No. 9735 provides that the gun owners who were given exemption during the May 13 elections will enjoy the privilege of carrying their guns outside of their residence during the conduct of the barangay elections without renewing their permits.
However, the resolution provides that "approved applications for employment/availment/engagement of security personnel/agencies during the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections will be subjected to renewal for purposes of the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections."
Meanwhile, Comelec, through Resolution No. 9715, listed the prohibited acts during the election period: issuance of appointments, promotions, creation of new positions, or giving of salary increases in government offices, agencies or instrumentalities; alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; illegal release of prisoners; raising of funds thru dances, lotteries, cockfights, etc.; carrying of firearms/deadly weapons, including wearing of uniforms, insignias, etc.
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 Philippine National Police or the Armed Forces of the Philippines or other government law enforcement agency.
A total of 149 out of 291 gun ban violators arrested in Davao Region for May 2013 elections were from Davao City.
Davao del Norte had 50 violators, 34 in Compostela Valley, 14 in Davao Oriental, while Davao del Sur had 43 gun ban violators.
The police confiscated a total of 171 firearms in Davao region during the period.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 27, 2013.