PNP at LGU, mahigpit na ipatutupad ang liquor ban sa May 8 at 9

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FILE PHOTO: Liquor bar (REUTERS)

FILE PHOTO: Liquor bar (REUTERS)

MANILA, Philippines — Mahigpit na ipatutupad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at mga local government unit (LGU) ang liquor ban bago at sa mismong araw ng eleksyon sa susunod na buwan batay na rin sa nakasaad sa Omnibus Election Code (OEC).

Ayon kay PNP-PIO Chief P/CSupt. Wilben Mayor, kabilang sa mga babantayan ng pulisya ay ang bentahan at pagsisilbi ng alak sa iba’t-ibang establisyemento.

Ang liquor ban ay ipinatutupad upang maiwasan ang kaguluhan at pagboto ng mga botante habang nasa ilalim ng impluwensya ng alak.

Hinihikayat naman ng PNP ang publiko na isumbong sa kanila ang mga makikitang lalabag sa liquor ban sa pamamagitan ng kanilang hotline na 0917-8475757.

(UNTV News)

PNP nabs 5 violators on first day of election gun ban

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Five persons were arrested on the first day of the implementation of the election gun ban on January 9, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.

In a statement, the PNP said two were nabbed at checkpoints in Metro Manila and three in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office identified the apprehended individuals as Wendell Datoy, and Earon Jay Mascara, and his 17-year old companion.

Police said Datoy was arrested after he failed to show any authorization when he was found carrying a caliber .45 pistol during an inspection at a checkpoint along Barangay Poblacion in Zamboanga Sibugay around 12:50 a.m.

Mascara and his companion, who were in possession of a replica model 1911, were nabbed after they were intercepted by police in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Kabasalan in Zamboanga Sibugay around 4:15 a.m.

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Police Major General Vicente Danao Jr. identified the two arrested individuals as Jerwin Gubaton and John Paul Dunlao.

Gubaton was initially intercepted at a checkpoint along C4 road, Brgy. Bagumbayan North, Navotas City for not wearing a face mask but when he alighted from his tricycle, a caliber .38 tucked under his waistband fell to the ground.

“Gubaton was promptly arrested and booked for violation of Republic Act 10591 and the Omnibus Election Code,” police said.

Dunlao was initially stopped at a separate checkpoint along Rotonda, Amparo Subdivision, Brgy. 179, Caloocan City for not wearing a helmet, but police found a caliber .38 with four live ammunition in his possession as he was reaching for the motorcycle papers from his belt bag.

“These early results of our strict implementation of COMELEC Resolution No. 10728 more or less describe the overall aggressiveness of police operations against violators of election law,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The gun ban took effect on January 9, which marks the start of the period for the May 2022 national and local elections. The election period will last until June 8.

Carlos reminded the public that during the nationwide gun ban, the permit to carry firearms outside of residence for civilians is suspended.

Law enforcers, including police officers, are exempted from the ban “as long as they bring their issued firearms while in uniform and in the performance of official duty.”

“It should be understood that only on-duty police personnel, clearly identified as members of the PNP are allowed to carry their firearms,” Carlos said.

“Any citizen may report to the PNP any police personnel abusing or violating this rule. We want to maintain discipline among our personnel,” he added.

Carlos also reminded police personnel that COMELEC checkpoints are limited to visual search only.

“But if the need arises, especially under conditions authorized by law, the police may conduct further inspection,” Carlos said.

“Any person with firearms will be courteously asked to show a copy of a valid Certificate of Authority that exempts him/her from the gun ban. If none, then the individual can be a candidate for violating the COMELEC Rules,” he added.

Persons violating the gun ban may be charged with illegal possession of firearms, in accordance with Comelec Resolution 10741 that mandates the establishment of checkpoints and prohibition of bearing, carrying, and transporting firearms or other deadly weapons.

COMELEC, magpapatupad ng 2-araw na liquor ban kaugnay ng 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Magpapatupad ang Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ng liquor ban ilang araw bago ang pagsasagawa ng 2022 national at local elections.

Batay sa inilabas nitong Resolution 10746, epektibo ang liquor ban mula Mayo 8 hanggang Mayo 9, araw ng eleksyon.

Sa panahong ito, bawal ang kahit sinong indibiduwal, kabilang ang may-ari o managers ng hotel, restaurant, resort at kahalintulad na mga establisiyemento na magbenta, bibili, mag-alok ng nakalalasing na inumin kahit alinmang lugar sa bansa.

Exempted sa ban ang business establishments na certified bilang tourist-oriented ng Department of Tourism o nag-cater ng mga dayuhan, at mayroong hawak na otorisasyon mula sa election officers ng COMELEC.

Ipatutupad ang mga nabanggit na rule ng Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Election Officers at COMELEC law enforcement team.

Ang sinomang mapatutunayang lalabag dito ay mahaharap sa parusa gaya ng pagkakakulong ng hanggang anim na taon nang walang probation, diskwalipikasyon sa paghawak ng posisyon sa pamahalaan at hindi na papayagan pang makaboto. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Comelec supports bill penalizing nuisance candidates

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced its support for the proposed bill that seeks to penalize those who will be declared ‘nuisance candidates’.

Under House Bill 9557 is the provision that will mete out a penalty of Php100,000 to a nuisance candidate and his supporter.

Director Maria Norina Tangaro-Casingal, head of Comelec Law Department said that under Section 69 of the Omnibus Election Code, a candidate is considered a nuisance if he is found guilty of making a mockery of the elections, running to cause confusion for bearing the same name with another candidate, and showing no real intention to run for a position.

“We support the imposition of the fine, the P100,000,” Casingal said.

“And we also would like to propose that those who have been declared as nuisance candidates be disqualified for running for 2 successive elections […] They can no longer substitute, your honor, if they have been declared as a nuisance candidate,” she insisted.

Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms chairperson Imee Marcos, however, asked Comelec first of a more detailed data on previous candidates who were declared a nuisance for the panel to further study the issue.

“We should have the data and the experience to compare. Nagdadahan-dahan din tayo kasi ayaw din ng Supreme Court na palibhasa […] sinasabi na hindi masyadong di kilala o walang pera dahil o walang partido, hindi naman basta-basta i-disqualify,” Marcos said.

Election lawyer, Atty. George Garcia, on the other hand, said that rather than meting out penalties or fines straightaway, the law must be amended first to clear out the details on the merits of declaring somebody a nuisance candidate.

Garcia believes the penalties will cause undue concern or fear among ordinary Filipinos who may have intentions of running for any government position.

“Minsan, halimbawa sinabi lang na ‘meron ka na bang political history? Nakatakbo na ba ikaw kahit barangay chairman man lang o naging barangay tanod?’ Hello? Nasaan sa batas natin na dapat naging barangay tanod o barangay chairman o kung anuman? Pero ‘yon, maniwala kayo’t sa hindi, pagka naghi-hearing patungkol sa nuisance, nasasabi ‘yun. Nababanggit. Pero wala naman sa batas ‘yon,” Garcia said.

“Kung ‘yon pa rin, yung Sec. 69 pa rin na nagde-define ng nuisance candidate, tapos bigla ka lang magdadagdag ng fine at saka ng perpetual disqualification to hold public office, halimbawa, sa aking palagay, parang magbo-border na siya sa violation ng equal protection clause under the Constitution,” he further said.

Ateneo School of Government executive director Professor Edmund Tayao also underscored the need to closely look into the proposed bill.

“There are those who really want to offer themselves as an alternative candidate to the public; albeit, however, they don’t have the resources to conduct a respectable campaign. Kasi yun ‘yung definition natin ng nuisance candidate. Nade-declare ka’ng nuisance candidate kung nag-file ka ng candidacy mo, kandidato ka, but it turns out hindi ka naman makakapagkampanya nationally. This has to be looked into closely.”

Meanwhile, Comelec is set to release a tentative list of candidates for the 2022 national and local elections on October 29. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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