Comelec imposes P5,000 filing fees for gun ban exemption

January 11, 2010 10:52 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 11 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will impose a filing fee of P5,000 fee for application for gun ban exemption.

“The application fees would be spent in our threat and security assessment, and whatever is left would go to our funds,” Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said.

The Comelec is looking at raising about P170 million from the filing fees.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expects that the applications for gun ban will reach 6,000.

But Tagle said the Commission expected a higher figure considering that there were 17,000 positions that would have to be filled up in the May 2010 elections.

Each candidate is allowed to have two security escorts.

Comelec Resolution No. 8714, dated Dec. 16, 2009, created a committee which would be responsible in approving applications for gun ban exemption and assignments of security details based on threat and security assessment made by the national police or the military.

Tagle said that all applicants would be given due process and would be evaluated fairly. But he could not assure that the applications would be approved.

Effective Jan. 10 up to June 9, only uniformed men or members of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines and security personnel trained by the authorities are allowed to carry firearms. (PNA)

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