45-day poll gun ban effective September 28-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas will impose a 45-day gun ban in the region for the upcoming barangay elections in October 28.
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria said the implementation of the firearms ban will start on Saturday, September 28, until November 12, or 30 days before and 15 days after the elections.
“With the gun ban, all permits to carry firearms outside residence issued by the Philippine National Police to civilian gun owners are suspended. Licensed gun holders are prohibited from bringing their firearms outside their homes,” the police official said.
Exempted from the ban are regular members or officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (APF) and other law enforcement agencies of the government in proper uniform that are deputized in writing by the Comelec.
Soria ordered the setting up of checkpoints in strategic places to strictly impose the gun ban during the election period and for police chiefs to closely coordinate with the Comelec and their counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The police official also said that based on the Comelec Resolution 9735, all gun ban exemptions issued in connection with the last May 13 national and local elections shall be recognized as valid for purposes of the barangay and SK elections.
In the six-month gun ban in connection with the May 2013 midterm elections, 186 violators were arrested in Eastern Visayas, 177 were civilians, three were members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and six were security guards.
Of the figures, 22 violators were arrested in checkpoint operations, 106 during police responses, 19 during the implementation of search warrants, seven during the service of arrest warrants and 32 during the conduct of focused police operations. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)