With the upcoming 2019 Elections, more checkpoints and stricter implementation of the Gun Ban is being made all over the Philippines. In Negros Oriental, the highway patrols are teaming up to assist the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Office.
Negros Oriental Highway Patrol
The Negros Oriental Highway Patrol will be assisting the COMELEC Office for the said 2019 Elections for checkpoints and raids. According to the provincial chief of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the primary job of their office is to cover crimes committed along the national highway of Negros Oriental. However, for the said period of the election, their task is not limited.
Karon nga election period na, maka-operate kami kauban nila ug joint (Now that it’s election period, we can jointly operate with them),” said Senior Insp. Silvestre Cenia, Jr., PHPT provincial chief
The statement referred to the Comelec-PNP-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) joint checkpoints.
Gun Ban – 10 Firearms Confiscated
At least 10 firearms were seized in just one day of the GUN ban in Negros Oriental, but none were not arrested. The checkpoints conducted jointly by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the police at the start of the election period. Senior Police Officer 2 Edilberto Euraoba, public information officer of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (Noppo), mentioned last Tuesday afternoon (January 15, 2019) that no one was arrested because they threw away their firearms and fled.
Wala miy nadakpan kay gilabay ra man na nga mga armas ug ni eskapo sila nilikay sa checkpoints (We have not arrested anyone because they just threw away their firearms and managed to escape the checkpoints),” Edilberto Euraoba said.
Nabalintong man gani ang mga motor anang uban (In fact, some of the motorcycles fell over),” he added.
At 12 midnight Sunday, the Comelec-led checkpoints ushered in the start of the election period from January 13 – June 12. One of the measures imposed during the election period is the gun ban, which prohibits anyone, unless having secured a Comelec certification or approval, to carry firearms outside their residence.
The checkpoint recovered a caliber .357 revolver with three live ammunition in Basay; a caliber .22 revolver with four rounds of ammunition in San Jose; a caliber .38 revolver with four live ammunition in Vallehermoso; a caliber .38 with two live ammunition in Siaton; a caliber .38 revolver in Jimalalud; a homemade caliber .38 revolver with five live ammunition in Bacong; a caliber .357 with five ammunition in Valencia; a caliber .357 revolver with four live ammunition in Amlan; a homemade caliber .38 revolver with three live rounds of ammunition in Zamboanguita; and a caliber .38 revolver with two live rounds of ammunition in Guihulngan City.