THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) has started taping the muzzles of candidates’ firearms, as directed by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.
Based on their list, the city has six candidates that have licensed firearms, said Supt. Julian Entoma, deputy director for administration. The number, though, is expected to go up once the MCPO gets an updated list from the PRO 7.
Candidates George Mendoza and Jesus Edward Monsanto had their guns’ muzzle taped last Friday.
The two men are running as councilors under the party of incumbent Councilor Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano, who is running for mayor.
Entoma said this is the first time they’re doing this before an election.
He said PRO7 Director Manuel Gaerlan issued a memorandum, informing police offices to conduct muzzle-taping of candidates’ firearms.
MCPO received the memo early this month.
“We encourage candidates to cooperate,” Entoma said in Cebuano.
Earlier, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, deputy regional director for operations of PRO7, said they will consider this as a candidate’s gesture of support for the police’s campaign for a peaceful election.
Monsanto, who owns a .45 pistol, lauded the police’ efforts, saying he, too, wants to have peaceful elections.
“Happy ko nga ingana. Maayo nga kami ang una mo-set a good example kay kami may modagan (I am happy with this development. It is good that we set an example since we are seeking a government position),” he said.
Mendoza, who has three firearms, was cooperative. “I wish other candidates will follow. This is what we want