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Comelec, PNP set to enforce gun ban

Negros Occidental (7 January) -- With the Election Period to start January 10, the Commission of Elections and the Philippine National Police is set to enforce the gun ban until June 9.

According to the December 17, 2009 press release from Comelec rules and regulations banning the carrying of firearms and deadly weapons in public places including public buildings, streets, parks and private vehicles even if these are licensed was released prior to the said date.

Based on Comelec Resolution 8714, only regular members of the PNP and the AFP as well as other law enforcement agencies are authorized to bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons during the election period.

The resolution also prohibits the candidates including those already in position seeking election the employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or bodyguards even if they are officers or members of PNP, AFP and other law enforcement agencies of the government.

However, candidates may apply for such upon approval of application, a candidate may be assigned not more than two regular members of the government’s law enforcement agencies.

"Only those with approved requests for security by January 10 will be honored. Those security personnel must also be in proper uniform otherwise, they will be arrested by the PNP", Negros Provincial Police Information Officer Rico Santotome stressed.

Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director Manuel Felix said the Provincial Police Office is exerting all efforts to ensure peaceful and orderly elections in May 2010.

The issuance of firearms licenses during the election period is likewise suspended.

Felix urges Negrenses to report any violations thru the NOPPO Hotline numbers 4763205, 4349197 and 09073106888. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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