Comelec warns of strict election rules

THE new provincial election officer of Pangasinan reminded candidates about the start of election period on Jan. 13 and the recall of officials’ police escorts and the start of the implementation of the gun ban that must be strictly observed.

Lawyer Alipio Alonzo Castillo III said a meeting with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education and other stakeholders was already held for the May 13 elections, to discuss the details of the implementation of the rules.

Castillo said it will be a total gun ban and he advised even the licensed gun holders to desist from carrying their firearms outside of their residences because beginning Jan. 13, there will be no exceptions and guns will not be allowed to be brought out until the end of the election day.

He said people should expect Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints, not just regular police checkpoints, “and these are more stringent”.

He added that regular police contingent or security assigned to the public officials will be recalled by the Comelec and the PNP beginning Sunday, Jan. 13, particularly from the governor down.

But he added there is a process to be observed in acquiring again their police security.

“It’s just symbolic and we can understand if others have a busy schedule but if they can exert efforts to attend, it will be much appreciated,” he said. (With PhilStar Wire Service)

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