Issue of January 13, 2019
Mt. Province

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Election gun ban starts Jan 13
by Jane B. Cadalig

The Commission on Elections-Cordillera reminded the public that the gun ban in relation to the midterm elections in May starts today, Jan. 13.

The gun ban, which will last until June 12, prohibits owners from bringing with them their firearms outside their residences. Carrying or transporting deadly weapons is also prohibited.

Comelec-Cordillera Director Julius Torres said a lot is prohibited during the election period, but the gun ban is one of the prohibitions that are strictly implemented and monitored because of its impact to peace and order.

He said with the gun ban, the public should expect and cooperate with the checkpoints that will be implemented by law enforcement agencies.

Only members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other law enforcement agencies who are on duty are allowed to carry firearms during the election period.

Qualified individuals may, however, seek an exemption from the poll gun ban.

Under Comelec Resolution 10446, qualified persons may seek the exemption from the gun ban by applying for a Certificate of Authority at the Comelec through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel.

Torres said those who want to be exempted must file their application with the Comelec head office.

“Exemption from the election gun ban is not within the jurisdiction of the RJSCC (Regional Joint Security Control Center). All applications must be filed with the central office,” Torres clarified during the activation on Jan. 10 of the Cordillera RJSCC, which is headed by the regional Comelec office.

The imposition of the nationwide gun ban together with intensified conduct of checkpoints are among the proactive measures employed by concerned agencies in efforts to prevent an outbreak of violence due to intense political rivalries to achieve the goal of having an honest and peaceful elections.

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