THE Mandaue City Government has recalled the firearms it issued to councilors, barangay officials and department heads.
Mayor Luigi Quisumbing issued a memorandum last Dec. 7, instructing public officials and employees to return the .9mm and .45 pistols that were issued to them.
Elaine Bathan, Quisumbing’s chief of staff, said the order’s aim is to help the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) prevent election-related violence.
Mandaue City is one of the 29 towns and cities in Central Visayas that were placed under election watchlist areas (Ewas) for the midterm elections in May.
The government officials were told to return the firearms to the Department of General Services, which will turn these over to the MCPO for safekeeping.
Councilors Nilo Seno, Carmelino Del Mar and Ernie Manatad and Barangay Captains Nelson Rubio of Umapad, Asterio Suson of Pagsabungan and Almario Bihag of Cubacub already returned their firearms on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
The firearms the City issued to the MCPO are not part of the recall.
MCPO Director Julian Entoma welcomed Quisumbing’s move, saying the police will not have a hard time conducting surveillance on officials who own loose firearms.
He also urged officials to surrender their unlicensed firearms.
The election gun ban will start on Jan. 13. (from FMD of SuperBalita Cebu/KAL)