PRO-9 gears for Comelec gunban implementation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:52

The Police Regional Office-9 is now making the necessary preparations for the past approaching implementation of Comelec gun ban in the entire country.

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio Jr. said he has already issued directives to all provincial and city commands under him to  prepare the necessary and mandatory signboards which will be utilized in the conduct of Comelec checkpoints as required by law – the prescribed text and guidelines for election preparations should be followed by the police force.

“Aside from preparing the signboards, I have obliged all police stations to conduct a minimum of one checkpoint per day to ensure public safety and lesser movement of firearms all over the region. In this way, we also lessen violence,” Antonio said.

The police official said the political violence in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay has been considered as an isolated case, as the PNP has already gained control of the situation in the area by deploying additional and  sufficient number of personnel on the ground to strictly monitor what is going on around.

Antonio revealed that there are no considered election hot spots in the region, but only areas of concern which the PNP and the AFP are looking into closely.

“We have been studying all conditions properly, and implement our guidelines according to the necessities in each area with regard to peace and order priorities,” Antonio added.

The official also said that the proposed transfer or rotation of personnel during election period will definitely happen to ensure fairness and no bias during election period, especially those who are already assigned for more than two years in one area and who are already acquainted with local candidates in their areas of assignment.

“We can assure the public that we follow Comelec guidelines, as we will be under their instructions during the start of election period,” Antonio stressed.

The Comelec gun ban will commence on Sunday, January 10,  until June 8, that is 120 days before and 30 days after election day.

Under the said guidelines, only law enforcement agencies like the PNP and the AFP as well as others authorized by the Comelec Committee on Ban on Firearms and Security personnel are allowed to carry firearms outside residence, engage in the services of security personnel and transport of firearms and explosives including its spare parts and components for the entire duration of the gun ban period.

During the gun ban period, the issuance of Permit to Carry Outside Residence (PTCFOR), Mission Orders, Letter Orders and Acknowledgment Receipts are also deemed without force or effect.

Under said guidelines, violators of the ban will suffere from 1 to 6 years imprisonment, permanent disqualification from public office and loss of right to vote, deportation for foreigners, but only after prison term is served, and cancellation of and/or perpetual disqualification to secure license or permit.

Antonio said he expects responsible gun owners in Zamboanga Peninsula to abide by these provisions for them not to be apprehended and suffer the consequences. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News