A civilian security escort of Cebu (4th District) Representative Benhur L. Salimbangon yesterday became the first recorded gun ban violator.
Police Regional Office 7 director Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas
said Salimbangon’s aide was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police as it started enforcing a 150-day gun ban to ensure secure, fair and orderly May 13 national and local elections.
A report to PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said Richard Monsanto, 41, of Barangay Curva in Medelin, Cebu, was accosted by members of the Daanbantayan municipal police in Cebu while in possession of a loaded .45 pistol (serial no. 1420605) in Bgy. Agujo around 12:33 a.m. yesterday.
Sinas said that officers led by Chief Inspector William Homoc were manning a checkpoint in the area when they accosted the suspect who was driving a plateless motorcycle.
When frisked, the suspect yielded the .45 pistol with a magazine containing seven live ammunition.
The suspect, who failed to present any Permit-to-Carry-Firearm-Outside-of-Residence or a gun ban exemption permit from the Commission on Elections, was immediately taken to the local police station where he was charged with violation of the Omnibus Election Code and Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearm and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
The nationwide gun ban started past midnight Saturday with Albayalde ordering all 17 police regional offices to strictly implement all Comelec rules and regulations in connection with the May 13 polls.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, Albayalde, joined by National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, inspected the checkpoints established in Metro Manila.
Eleazar said around 1 a.m. yesterday, policemen manning a gun ban checkpoint in New Panaderos, Sta. Ana, Manila arrested a tricycle driver found to be carrying shabu.
The PNP has been deputized to implement the ban on bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons and the employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or bodyguards during the polling period which will start today and end on June 12.