The Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will strictly implement gun ban and liquor ban in connection with the upcoming barangay elections on Oct. 28.
The PNP has started to install checkpoints nationwide as the 45-day gun ban was implemented midnight yesterday.
PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac reminded gun owners to stop bringing their firearms and other deadly weapons outside their residence as well as he reminded the public to refrain from bringing with them explosives.
The police will conduct checkpoint operations that started at 12:01 a.m., today. The gun ban will be in effect until Nov. 12.
The PNP noted that only police and military personnel in uniform and on duty are allowed to carry firearms outside their residence.
Sindac also said that those found violating the gun ban rules face an election offense punishable with imprisonment of up to six years, permanent disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right to vote.
Meanwhile, a liquor ban will also be strictly implemented by the Comelec for the barangay elections.
The implementation of the ban was contained in Comelec Resolution 9715, wherein it would be in effect on the eve of the election (Oct. 27) and on the day of the barangay elections.
Also under the resolution, the giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value is also prohibited.
The Comelec said that the election period starts today, Sept. 28.
According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, the printing of the ballots for the barangay elections is still ongoing and the poll body will start the training of teachers on the first week of October.
Likewise, the poll body disclosed that they will study for one week the situation in Zamboanga City to determine if the barangay elections in the area will push through or will be postponed.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said they would conduct a general assessment of the area to have a factual basis on their decision on either to push through or postpone the barangay election in the area because of the tension there.
Based on the report received by the poll body, there are six barangays that have been affected by the tension in the city, namely, Mampang, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo, Talon-Talon and Mariki.
Also, the Comelec said there are 45,791 registered voters in the 125 clustered precincts in the city.
By Gina Peralta-Elorde
and Alvin Murcia