DAGUPAN CITY — A total gun ban will be enforced throughout the country once the election period takes effect from Jan. 10 to June 8 this year, the Provincial Elections Office said Saturday.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas said the coming election will be different from the previous as no exemption will not be given to anyone.
Salas met all his election officers in 48 towns and cities of Pangasinan on Friday and ordered them to coordinate with chiefs of police to remind them of the total gun ban that will be in effect.
In a total gun ban, the permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) will not be honored granting that such permits were issued to firearm holders before the election period begins.
He advised holders of PTCFOR to just keep their firearms inside their houses in order to avoid trouble.
Only policemen and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in complete uniform and in pursuant to their duties and missions are allowed to carry firearms.
All police bodyguards of officials also need to return to their mother units.
Salas said the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office has drawn up areas to be placed under the election watchlist but advised them not to concentrate only on these areas but in all towns and cities of Pangasinan numbering 48. PNA / northboundasia.com