The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will intensify a crackdown on unauthorized firearms, bodyguards, and other acts prohibited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ahead of next year’s elections.
This, as PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, directed the concerned PNP Directorial Staff and all area police commanders and national support units to consolidate all resources, personnel, and support systems to effectively cope with the mandated police duties to implement Comelec Resolution No. 10728.
The resolution provides for the effectivity of the 2022 election period from January 9 to June 8, 2022, or a total of 150 calendar days.
“I have already laid down my guidance to the PNP commanders during the Command Conference last Monday, and I expect this guidance to be cascaded and adapted in operations planning by lower units,” Carlos said in a statement.
Comelec Resolution No. 10728 provides that “No person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside his/her residence or place of business, and in all public places, including any building, street, park, and in private vehicles or public conveyances, even if he/she is licensed or authorized to possess or carry the same, unless authorized by the [Comelec], through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns (CBFSC)”.
The same resolution provides that only PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard, and members of other law enforcement agencies are allowed to carry and possess firearms while in agency-prescribed uniform and performing official functions during the election period.
On security detail, the Comelec prohibits candidates or any public officers from employing bodyguards and private security forces.
Carlos said a gradual recall will be implemented in the coming days for police personnel on security detail to local executives and other VIPs with verified threats.