2 more days before gun ban

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) under its chief, Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, is all set to strictly implement the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban, which starts January 13.

Dela Rosa said law enforcers from the DCPO and city's police stations will set up random checkpoints during the implementation period to ensure the safety of candidates and Davao residents.

"This is not a localized gun ban. This is a national gun ban which we are ready to implement," dela Rosa said.


The DCPO chief reminded all private gun owners not to carry their firearms outside of their residence as his men will be all over the city until the gun ban ends on June 12.

Dela Rosa said even gun owners who were issued permits to carry their firearms outside of their residence must obey the law since "all permits issued are deemed revoked" during the gun ban period.

"We will implement the law 24/7," he said.

Dela Rosa also asked for the cooperation of the public to help them in imposing the gun ban, like reporting to authorities any suspicious-looking persons or anybody carrying firearms in civilian clothes.

Earlier, Danilo Cullo, regional lawyer of Comelec-Davao, reminded gun holders with permit to carry to apply for exemption before the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) of the Comelec-Central Office in Manila.

"If they want to apply, they can go to the main office of CBFSP in Manila," Cullo said.

With the release of Comelec Resolution 9561 last November 2012, exempted from the gun ban are members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP); Intelligence, Investigation and Customs Police Divisions of the Bureau of Customs; Philippine Ports Authority; Philippine Economic Zone Authority police forces; Government Guard Forces; Investigation, and Intelligence Divisions of the Bureau of Immigration; Manila International Airport Authority Police Force; Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority Police Force; and Land Transportation Office Law Enforcement Service.

Also in the list are agents of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Cebu Port Authority Police Force; Internal Security Operations Group of the Department of Justice Witness Protection Program; Optical Media Board; Security Investigation and Transport Department, and Cash Department of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Offices of the Sergeant-At-Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives; Inspection Service of the Philippine Postal Corporation; members of the Comelec; National Police Commission; Forest/Park Rangers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Office of the Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA); Philippine Center for Transnational Crime; National Intelligence Coordinating Agency; Presidential Security Group (PSG); and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (Cafgus).

Also allowed to carry firearms are members of privately-owned security or protective agencies; justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeal, and judges of the regional trial courts, and municipal trial courts; and security personnel of accredited foreign diplomatic corps and establishments.

Aside from those, included for the 2013 polls are those from the Internal Security from the Offices of the Vice President; Secretary of Interior and Local Government; and National Defense; State, Regional, Provincial, and City Prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ); Internal Security Division of the Bureau of Treasury; and agents of the Bureau of Corrections.

In the same resolution promulgated November 23, those exempted from the ban on having security personnel or bodyguards are the President; Vice President; senators not running in the elections; justices, judges; Cabinet secretaries; Comelec officials; AFP commanders; and top PNP officials.

Under the Code, no candidate for public office, including incumbent public officials seeking election to any public office, shall employ services of security personnel and bodyguards.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 10, 2013.

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