Zambo police nab 2 people for violation of election gun ban

September 29, 2010 10:31 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 28 — Operatives of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) have arrested two people since the election gun ban took effect, a top police official disclosed Tuesday.

The election gun ban took effect last Saturday and will remain in effect until November 10, this year, pursuant to Resolution No. 9028 promulgated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last September 20.

ZCPO director Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo said one of the suspects identified as Jivran Asali, 24, was arrested last Saturday, the day the election gun ban took effect.

De Ocampo said Asali was arrested by the ZCPO's anti-carnapping unit led by Senior Insp. Filoteo Sta. Teresa around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Barangay Recodo, 15 kilometers west of this city.

De Ocampo said that Sta. Teresa's team confiscated from the possession of Asali a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition.

De Ocampo said that the second suspect, identified as Virgilio Ablao, 50, of Isabela City, Basilan, was arrested last Sunday.

He said Ablao was arrested by the personnel of ZCPO's Police Station 5 at a shopping mall in Barangay Putik, four kilometers east of this city.

He said confiscated from Ablao's possession was a caliber .45 pistol with 13 live ammunition.

He said both Asali and Ablao failed to present gun ban exemption from the Comelec.

“During the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. The issuance of firearms licenses shall be suspended during the election period,” the Comelec said in its resolution.

“Only regular members of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies of the Government who are duly deputized in writing by the Commission for election duty may be authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period: Provided, That, when in the possession of firearms, the deputized law enforcement officer must be: (a) in full uniform showing clearly and legibly his name, rank and serial number, which shall remain visible at all times, and (b) in the actual performance of his election duty in the specific area designated by the Commission,” the Comelec further said in its resolution.

The Comelec's resolution is aimed to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the election of officials for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan on October 25.

De Ocampo said he has ordered his officers and men to strictly implement the election gun ban in this southern port city. (PNA)

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