House leaders call on poll candidates, public to do share in observing election gun ban

HOUSE leaders today called on all poll candidates and the public to do their share in the successful implementation of the 150-day gun ban starting last Sunday which is aimed at peaceful elections.

Deputy Speaker and Zamboanga City Rep. Ma. Isabelle Climaco said both the public and poll candidates have their respective roles to play at ensuring the effectivity of the gun ban.

“As aspirants for elective posts, we must comply with Commission on Elections (Comelec) rules. And we call on the public to be vigilant and report violations to authorities,” said Climaco.

She enjoined everyone to pray for peaceful elections especially now that the election period has begun with the enforcement of the gun ban.

Rep. Roger Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte) said the effective implementation of the gun ban is vital at ensuring the conduct of honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE).

“We should all responsibly do our share in observing the ban to achieve honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” said Mercado, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. earlier reminded gun owners that all permits to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) are “suspended and shall be without force and effect” during the duration of the gun ban that ends on June 12.

He explained that carrying or bearing of firearms, with or without license, starting January 13, 2013 will be tantamount to an election offense.

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