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No gunban violator in Ifugao

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (6 February) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that there were no violators of the Commission on Elections imposed Gun Ban in the province.

PO1 John Guinid of the Operation section of the Provincial Police Office here said that their office did not receive any report from the 11 Municipal Police stations of any violation of the said ban.

"This is due to the fact that as early as December, we had been announcing to the public about the implementation of the firearms ban or COMELEC Resolution No. 8714," said Police Inspector Alex Kimayong, Chief of police of Alfonso Lista Municipal Police Station.

Kimayong disclosed that even his policemen were cooperative in following the policies in the implementation of the firearms ban thus there were no reported cases of men in uniform violating the ban.

This was confirmed by another COP, PI George Ngaya-an who said that in his area of jurisdiction in the municipality of Aguinaldo, men in uniform and civilians adhered to the call of the national government not to carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons during the election period.

Under the Election Code, only police personnel in uniform and on duty are allowed to carry firearms. All persons in civilian attire carrying firearms shall be presumed unauthorized to carry the same and subject for arrest and investigation.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Government of Lamut legislated an ordinance regulating the proliferation of toy guns in connection with the COMELEC resolution and to abate the occurrence of criminality in said municipality.

All business establishments are prohibited to display and sell plastic toy guns particularly pellet guns that could mislead people into believing that these are real fire arms.

Establishments arrested in displaying, selling and distributing toy guns will be fined with P1,000 and P2,000 for first and second offense respectively including confiscation of their wares.

The municipal government also involved the community by providing incentives to any person who could provide the secret information to the PNP. The identity of the tipster will not be revealed for security purposes. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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