Top cop meets personnel in enforcing Comelec gun ban

THE REGIONAL police director, Chief Supt. Wendy G. Rosario, assured that their personnel are fully briefed on the implementation of the Comelec gun ban, which started yesterday.

Rosario on Saturday started inspecting police stations in the city to gauge their capabilities and knowledge in putting up checkpoints, as well as proper search and arrest procedures.

A conference was also conducted together with the provincial directors, city director, Commission on Elections and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

City spokesperson, Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, said in an interview that part also of the discussion is the proper dissemination on the guidelines for the police officers in enforcing the gun ban.

“They assessed if the police officers know the prohibited acts, the exemptions and procedures, and what’s new with the Comelec,” she said.

The City Joint Control System, to be headed by city election officer and composed of the Davao City Police Office chief, and the highest ranking official of the military, was created to assist the Provincial and Regional Joint Security Control on the implementation and monitoring of the gun ban.

During the ban, the following are prohibited: carrying of firearms outside the residence; availment of security personnel and, transporting of firearms without authority of the commission.

Political candidates have to apply for security at the comelec website which provides them with the application forms and requirements. The applications submitted should be in the electoral jurisdiction.

Based on  Comelec Resolution 10015, the gun ban will start on Jan. 10 up to June 8, 2016, or 120 days before election and 30 days after voting day.

Unless authorized, the resolution “prohibits carrying of firearms and deadly weapons outside residence or place of business and public places; to engage the services of security personnel and to transport firearms and explosives.”

“Issuance of firearms license; issuance of permit to carry firearms outside residence; PTCFOR mission orders, Letter Orders and acknowledgement receipts are suspended, ineffective and without force and effect,” it reads.

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