Bizman second violator of poll gun ban caught in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:01

A businessman was arrested for violation of the Comelec gunban in Barangay Sangali yesterday morning.

Nabbed was Joaquin Gancayno Diaz, a resident of Zone 5, Talisayan. He was the second person caught in the city violating the nationwide Comelec gunban.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo disclosed that Diaz’ vehicle stopped at a police and military checkpoint at Sitio Malasugat, Sangali around 9:20 a.m.
Upon inspection, lawmen found a .45 caliber pistol from Diaz’ possession with a magazine loaded with nine rounds of ammunition.

During interrogation, Diaz presented papers legalizing him to possess and carry gun but could not produce any paper exempting him from the Comelec gun ban.
Diaz was brought to the Sangali Police Station for further investigation.

De Ocampo said the police will file charges against Diaz for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

When the nationwide Comelec gun ban took effect last Sunday, a resident of Guiwan was nabbed at a police checkpoint in Boalan in possession of a 9mm pistol without Comelec gun ban exemption.

The Comelec is implementing a nationwide gun ban during the election period from Jan. 13 to June 13 to reduce poll-related violence. During the ban, permits to carry firearms outside residence are suspended.

Several people are seeking an exemption from the gun ban and at the top of the list is the nation’s most prominent gun enthusiast, President Aquino.
Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph, chairman of the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP), said the President asked for personal exemption for a “short firearm.”

“We just received an application for gun ban exemption from the President. We will not give him special treatment. His application will be evaluated, just like the
others,” Yusoph said.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said since there is no blanket exemption for agencies, members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) that are not involved in security operations will also have to apply for personal exemption.

“We have enumerated (those) covered by the exemption. If you have a threat to your life or if you are a kidnap victim, you have to prove that and then you can have security details,” he said.

Yusoph said that personally, he thought the President may no longer need personal exemption from the gun ban since he has the PSG to secure him.

The Comelec said specific units exempted from the gun ban like the PSG should also apply with the poll body for exemption as a formality.

The President, the Vice President, senators, congressmen, Cabinet members, and others should apply for personal exemption from the gun ban. — Dan Toribio Jr.