Local officials divided over gun ban implementation in Davao City

March 1, 2012 10:05 am 

DAVAO CITY, March 1 – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Roa-Duterte, were divided over the implementation of total gun ban in time for the celebration of the 75th "Araw ng Dabaw."

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) chaired by the mayor approved a council resolution requesting Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome to grant the gun ban implementation from March 1 to 31.

The mayor cited the success of Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City due to the implementation of total gun ban, where only uniformed personnel on duty are allowed to carry firearms.

However, Vice Mayor Duterte found the idea to be very inconsistent to their efforts to deter crimes, particularly the series of robbery that happened for the past weeks.

“How can authorities and deputized agents run after these criminals if we implement gun ban?” he asked.

But the mayor said it is up to the Police Regional Office (PRO 11) to grant gun ban exemptions, especially to those police security escorts and those escorting under the witness protection program.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa said they are still waiting for the approval of the PNP chief to enforce the gun ban. This came even as security measures are all set for the 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration on March 16.

Dela Rosa said 2,000 personnel from DCPO and PRO in Davao Region to be deployed in different areas of the metropolis during the Araw ng Dabaw.

He also said other security forces from Task Force Davao (TFD), Davao City Public Safety Command Center (DCPSCC), Central 911, and Traffic Management Center (TMC) will be deployed apart from the civilian volunteers.

They also plan to field motorcycle-riding cops to counter criminals in motorcycles.

Col. Marcos Norman S. Flores Jr., TFD commander, assured they will be in close coordination with the DCPO.

Flores said aside from the regular TFD men, there will be 90 men in black from the Anti-Crime Unit and around 200 from the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.

Flores said unannounced bomb drills to be carried out in the city to sharpen the response of all law enforcement agencies and the public. (PNA) FFC/ASA/ldp

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