MANILA — With the COMELEC gun ban now in effect, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reminded all of its personnel not to bring their weapons outside when not on official duty or without permission from the poll body.
This is to avoid sanctions for violators of the electoral order, said AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato.
“As early as December, we told all of our troops of the impending COMELEC gun ban and told them of the consequences. The Chief-of-Staff (Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri) also told all our senior commanders to frequently remind their troops on what to do and not to do during the prohibition period,” he said in Filipino.
The COMELEC gun ban which started January 10 and will last until June 8, is part of the preparations to ensure that peaceful and orderly national elections on May 9. Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA / northboundasia.com