Poll bets warned vs use of sirens, horns dur­ing cam­paign

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! - HILIPPINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os car Al­bay­alde warned the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates, against use of sirens, blink­ers and other sim­i­lar de­vices when cam­paign­ing. (Third Anne Per­alta-Malonzo/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

Al­bay­alde said he or­dered the High­way Pa­trol Group (HPG) to strictly en­force the pro­vi­sions of Pres­i­den­tial De­cree 96 that pro­hibits the “use of siren, bell, horn, whis­tle, or other sim­i­lar gad­gets that pro­duce ex­cep­tion­ally loud or star­tling sound, in­clud­ing dome lights, blink­ers, and other sim­i­lar sig­nal­ing or flash­ing de­vices.”

"We are mov­ing force­fully against the in­dis­crim­i­nate use of pro­hib­ited sirens, bells, horns, whis­tles, or sim­i­lar gad­gets that pro­duce stag­ger­ing sounds; as well as il­le­gal dome lights, sig­nal­ing or flash­ing de­vices," he said.

The PNP chief said sirens and blink­ers can only be used on mo­tor ve­hi­cles des­ig­nated for of­fi­cial use of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice, po­lice de­part­ments, fire de­part­ments, and hos­pi­tal am­bu­lances.

He said vi­o­la­tion to the pro­hi­bi­tion may be pe­nal­ized with can­cel­la­tion or re­vo­ca­tion of the certificate of reg­is­tra­tion of the mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­volved.

The PNP also re­minded can­di­dates and par­ties to ob­serve and fol­low road safety pro­to­col and cour­tesy when hold­ing cam­paign mo­tor­cades and con­voys along na­tional high­ways and main thor­ough­fares to pre­vent ac­ci­dents and un­nec­es­sary in­con­ve­nience to other mo­torists.

HPG ad­vised or­ga­niz­ers of large con­voys and mo­tor­cades to co­or­di­nate their ac­tiv­i­ties with lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and lo­cal PNP of­fices for ap­pro­pri­ate as­sis­tance.

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