The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it logged a total of 46 violators during the first day of checkpoint operations in Ilocos Norte ahead of the May 2022 national and local elections.
Major Jepphre Taccad, Ilocos Norte police spokesperson, said most of the violations that were issued citation tickets include unlicensed driving and for vehicles which have no updated registration records.
“We had a smooth implementation of checkpoint operations duly supervised by the Comelec officers in their respective areas of responsibilities,” he said in a media interview Monday.
Taccad said no one was arrested for gun ban violation on the first day of operations.
The joint PNP-Comelec checkpoints placed in strategic locations in the province are imposing the nationwide prohibition of carrying firearms by unauthorized individuals and other election-related offenses from Jan. 9 to June 8, 2022.
Under Comelec rules, all of the permits to carry firearms outside of residence issued to licensed gun holders, juridical entities, and members of law enforcement agencies have been suspended during this period, except for bonafide police, military, and members of law enforcement agencies in complete uniform and while on duty.
To ensure peaceful and orderly elections, the Comelec, in collaboration with the PNP, strictly implements an election gun ban before, during, and after the polls.
Source: Philippines News Agency