PNP to in­ten­sify check­points as elec­tion gun ban starts

Po­lice of­fi­cial says only those with cer­tifi­cate of au­thor­ity from Com­elec are al­lowed to carry guns

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

An of­fi­cial of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) over the week­end said more check­points are likely to be in­stalled as gun ban takes ef­fect fol­low­ing the start of elec­tion pe­riod on Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, four months ahead of the May 13 midterm polls.

Cocpo spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Mardy Hor­tillosa said they would put up more check­points in the city not only to im­ple­ment the gun ban but to also de­ter

crim­i­nal­ity.

“Pero man­anghid pa ta sa Com­elec nga magbu­tang ta og dugang nga mga check­points,” Hor­tillosa said.

He said po­lice­men man­ning the var­i­ous check­points were al­ready di­rected to im­ple­ment strict se­cu­rity in­spec­tions in­clud­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles and ar­rest those who carry firearms with­out the au­thor­ity is­sued by the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec).

Hor­tillosa said only those who se­cured cer­tifi­cate of au­thor­ity from the poll body are al­lowed to carry guns dur­ing the elec­tion pe­riod.

“Kami sa PNP and mil­i­tary ex­empted na­man mi sa gun ban pero ka­tong mga pri­vate in­di­vid­ual kailan­gan nila mokuha sa cer­tifi­cate of au­thor­ity sa Com­elec,” he said.

Hor­tillosa said even those se­cu­rity es­corts hired by politi­cians and can­di­dates must go through the process.

He added politi­cians who want to em­ploy se­cu­rity es­corts and carry firearms must jus­tify and con­vince the poll body the rea­sons why he needs to hire es­corts or carry guns.

“Ex­am­ple naay threat sa iyang kinabuhi so iya nang ijus­tify bag-o siya makakuha sa cer­tifi­cate of au­thor­ity to carry firearms,” Hor­tillosa said.

“I-eval­u­ate man dayon na sa Com­elec kung an­gay ba tagaan,” he added.

Hor­tillosa said vi­o­la­tors will face charges for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and vi­o­la­tion of Com­elec gun ban.

“Pahi­mangno nato nga dili gyud mag­dala-dala sa ar­mas bisan pa lisen­syado kana gawas kung naa cer­tifi­cate of au­thor­ity gikan sa Com­elec,” Hor­tillosa said.

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