By: Gail T. Momblan
TO ensure a peaceful conduct of election in Iloilo province, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and government security forces activated the Provincial Joint Security Command Center (PJSCC).
Atty. Roberto Salazar, Comelec provincial election supervisor, said Comelec Resoltion No. 10446 created the PJSCC for the “management” and “implementation” of the gun ban and other security aspects of the election.
Also, the chiefs of police of all towns and cities in Iloilo gathered in a command conference on Jan 14 at Casa Real de Iloilo.
Meanwhile, Salazar said two of the arrested persons during the first day of gun ban enforcement are from Iloilo province.
At 12:45 a.m. of Jan 13, Antonio Francisco, 45, of Barangay Canajaban, Calinog, was arrested at a checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion Centro, Calinog.
Members of the Calinog Police Station, together with the town’s Commission on Election (Comelec) officer, nabbed the suspect for carrying a caliber .38 pistol loaded with six ammunition.
Djna Licera, 54, of Barangay Amamaros, Pototan, was arrested in a buy-bust operation at 12 p.m. of the same day.
Members of Pototan Police Station and the Iloilo Police Provincial Office-Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (IPPO-PDEU) recovered from Licera seven sachets of suspected shabu, P100 marked money, and a caliber .45 pistol.
“Ti nagapakita ini nga aktibo ang aton kapulisan including the AFP sa pag-impelementar, strictly implementing the provision on the bearing, transporting, sang aton nga firearms,” Salazar said.
Salazar reminded the public that the effect of the Permit To Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) is suspended during the implementation of the election gun ban from Jan 13 to June June 12.
Authorities will observe the “normal and usual” process in filing cases to gun ban violators.
“Ang COP nga nagpreliminary conduct sang examination kag ma-file sang kaso sa Office of Prosecutor nga nagasakop sang lugar kon diin nadakpan ang isa ka tawo nga nagadala sang pusil,” Salazar said.