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Comelec rejects total gun ban

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by PMMA97, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. PMMA97

    PMMA97 TagaBundok

    Nov 25, 2003
    Comelec rejects total gun ban
    Manila Bulletin August 14, 2009

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) was left scrambling for another means to prevent firearms-related election violence in next year's polls after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) rejected its proposal for a total gun ban.

    But Director General Jesus Verzosa, PNP chief, said the Comelec decision is not a cause of disappointment on their part since there is still more time for them to come up with a new strategy aimed at curbing election-related violence using guns, most of them loose firearms.
    Yesterday, Verzosa revealed that he had already instructed the PNP Task Force HOPE (Honest, Orderly, Peaceful Elections) to hold a meeting with Comelec officials in order to map out general security measures for next year's polls, particularly on the issue of gun control.

    "We are now coordinating with the Comelec on how to set the procedure on gun control," Verzosa told reporters in an interview.

    PNP records revealed that 97 percent of electionrelated violence in previous polls involved loose firearms, which the PNP estimated to be already at 1.1 million as of May this year.

    This prompted the PNP leadership to propose for a total gun ban in next year's polls, with only soldiers, policemen and other law enforcement agencies allowed to carry firearms.

    But the Comelec earlier junked the PNP proposal, saying doing so would only put to risk the lives of some government officials and Very Important Persons (VIPs) such as boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, as such, could even be a violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

    Verzosa, however, said that all is not lost following the Comelec's decision, explaining that there are still measures to avoid violent and deadly clashes in 2010 polls such as limiting the number of security escorts of politicians to a maximum of two and the aggressive operations against private armed groups and against loose firearms through police visibility, surgical operations and the setting up of checkpoints and chokepoints across the country.

    "We will think of other measures to control proliferation of firearms during the 2010 election period," said Verzosa.

    "The PNP will abide with the decision of the Comelec and will propose other means for gun control during election period," he added.

    In fact, the meeting with officials of the PNP Task Force HOPE and the Comelec is aimed at soliciting the advice of the poll body as to the best gun control measures that would be implemented next year, said Verzosa.

    The meeting, however, is yet to be scheduled.
  2. edtf


    Oct 10, 2007
    Eh alam pala nila na loose ginagamit ehhhhh bakit legal owners/ firearms ang pinagiinitan??????

    Aba ok ah special mention pa si Pacman!!! kung hindi ka VIP wala kang K for self defense????

    I just love the logic of our so called leaders

  3. nitrox920


    Nov 23, 2006
    over under
    the problem is so simple and yet they try to complicate things. Hitting on law abiding citizen. I am sick and tired of this....
  4. isuzu


    Jul 3, 2005
    North America
    Buti at natauhan ang Comelec.
  5. Vault Keeper

    Vault Keeper

    Sep 14, 2004
    The Vault
    anyone have any idea on the procedure for applying for a COMELEC gun ban exemption? How much po kaya?
  6. Allegra


    Mar 16, 2003

    looking at past trends
    shoot ipsc
  7. Vault Keeper

    Vault Keeper

    Sep 14, 2004
    The Vault
    Thanks sir...that was fast!
  8. 9MX

    9MX Rei!

    Sep 29, 2003
    To Chief PNP Verzosa: Try implementing first your gunban in areas like Shariff Kabunsuan (tama ba spelling ko?). During the gunban nung last elections, the PNP became a laughing stock here because they coudn't enforce a gunban. Why? "Iba kultura sa lugar na yan.." - stated by then PNP Chief Oscar Calderon as interviewed by Ted Failon.

    And let's not kid ourselves, only those without influence are affected by these gunban eklats. The uber powerful and criminals are not.
  9. stinger030


    Nov 4, 2007
    Gun ban for for legal gun owners and a blind eye for the criminals. kung na estimate nila na almost 1.1 million ang loose firearms, saan naman nila kinuha yun? alam naman pala nila kung saan ang mga loose firearms, di dapat puntahan at kumpiskahin nila. doon sila magumpisa sa mindanao para maniwala ang tao na hindi selective ang gun ban nyo.
  10. iancg1


    Jan 24, 2009
    Kudos to Comelec for declining PNP's total gun ban proposal! They want gun control? Go after unlicensed firearms, not legit ones.
  11. PMMA97

    PMMA97 TagaBundok

    Nov 25, 2003
    Ano naman kaya ang gagawing excuse ni Versoza? :upeyes:
  12. mtho


    Nov 18, 2005
    for me the total gun ban during election season only serves as a preventive measure to prevent political bullies from shooting each other. and doesn't serve us ordinary citizens. maybe without the total gunban well have less bullies after the election. so which do you think is better way to go?