Bartolome allows month-long gun ban implementation in Davao

DAVAO CITY – Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome has finally granted the request of the Davao City Peace and Order Council to place Davao City in a month-long gun ban in line with the celebration of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw.

The implementation of the gun ban should take effect on March 1 to 31 but since the approval was only handed down on Wednesday then authorities only implemented it starting Wednesday night.

“So far no arrest was reported as to the violators of the gun ban ,” Chief Supt. Jaime Morente, regional police director, said.

However, Morente said that they are expecting a number of violators to be arrested in the duration of the gun ban since they will strictly implement it.

He said that only uniformed personnel are allowed to carry firearms outside their houses and those who wanted to bring their firearms outside should file for exemptions.

Mayor Sara Duterte, who really pushed for the gun ban implementation, was very happy with the PNP approval but her father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier expressed his opposition to the gun ban, is wary of the rise of crimes in the city.

The mayor earlier said the gun ban will be among the measures she wants to be implemented to prevent crime incidents, especially during the Araw celebration.

Duterte said since Araw ng Dabaw is one of the biggest events in the city, aside from Kadayawan Festival, and it is expected to draw thousands of visitors from the provinces and even other countries.

In terms of the implementing guidelines, Duterte said the gun ban will follow the rules and regulations of the election gun ban unless PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome would make special guidelines for their request. (ASA)



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