GUN-HOLDERS including the members of different law enforcement agencies were reminded anew that all Permits-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence, Mission Orders and Memorandum Receipts have been suspended since January 13 and those who will be found carrying firearms in public without gun ban exemption from the Commission on Elections will be immediately arrested and detained.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said the gun ban covers all gun-holders except members of law enforcement agencies wearing the prescribed uniform and in the actual performance of their duties.
In line with its effort to have a secure and safe 2019 election, the Comelec had suspended all PTCFORs and issuance of MOs and MRs. During the election period, the sole authority to issue permits to carry firearms outside residence or place of business is vested in the Commission.
The PNP chief through the director of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office may continue to process and approve licenses for possession of firearms. The firearm shall be kept in deposit with the PNP-FEO storage division unless its delivery to the licensee in authorized in writing by the Commission.
Gen. Albayalde earlier stressed that protection of human rights will remain a top policy of the PNP in the conduct of checkpoints and other operations aimed at ensuring a secure and fair May polls.
The PNP chief said all Regional Special Operations Task Groups have been organized to conduct intelligence-driven law enforcement operations, search warrants, arrest of wanted persons and seizure of illegal weapons through Oplan’ Sita’ and Operation ‘Bakal’ as part of their SAFE program.
The PNP leadership said the general public must be aware of the rules on military/police checkpoints which are being intensified in preparation for the May 13 national and local elections.
Gen. Albayalde said that complaints against abusive policemen and any other violation of the law during the conduct of gun ban checkpoints can be immediately relayed through the PNP hotline 0917-8475757.
Continuing enforcement of the nationwide gun ban had already resulted in more than 100 arrests and the confiscation of over 1,000 firearms and other deadly weapons and ammunitions already.