Gun replicas and airsoft are covered by the gun ban currently in effect as the election period has started.
Antique Provincial Police Office (APPO) information officer Staff Sgt. John Mark Gonzaga said in an interview on Wednesday the public and uniformed men are reminded that with the start of the election period on January 9 to June 8, they are prohibited to carry outside of their homes their firearms as their License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) has been suspended, including gun replicas, airsoft, and deadly weapons.
“Police officers including members of the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are not allowed to carry their firearms except if these are their service firearms and if they have a mission order,” he said.
Gonzaga added the motorists are also advised to cooperate with the police personnel manning the checkpoint.
“There are already 32 checkpoints that had been established since January 9 throughout the province,” Gonzaga said, adding these checkpoints are established randomly and at no certain time.
No one has been apprehended violating the gun ban or the Omnibus Election Code since the election period began.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga said they are expecting their new acting Provincial Director Police Col. Alexander G. Mariano to report to his new post within this week after the turnover of command on January 11 at the Police Regional Office 6 in Iloilo City.
He replaced Col. Roy Parena now assigned at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit.
Source: Philippines News Agency