Gun ban in effect from July 1 to 23 for voters’ general list-up in the ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 July 2012 14:33

The Philippine National Police–Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) will enforce a region-wide gun ban from July 1 to 23 in connection with the ARMM general voters’ re-registration set on July 9-18.

The measure is based on a memorandum issued by PNP Director-General Nicanor Bartolome last June 27.

In a statement sent to various media outlets here, the PNP-ARMM said the ban incorporates the suspension of permits to carry firearms outside residences.
“Only the members of the PNP, AFP and other law enforcement agencies who are performing official duties and in agency-prescribed uniforms will be allowed to carry firearms,” the order stated.

The gun ban will be implemented in the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, including the cities of Cotabato and Isabela.

Cotabato, though not part of the ARMM, plays host as the provisional seat of the ARMM government.

Isabela City, for its part, also voted against its inclusion in the ARMM although it is situated in the heart of Basilan.