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CatsMeow
09-03-2010, 00:05
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=608625&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Total gun ban eyed for polls
By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) Updated September 03, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (9)


MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will soon meet with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to discuss whether or not a total gun ban should be re-imposed in connection with the Oct. 25 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said that during the command conference, the three agencies would tackle how election-related violence could be minimized.

He said the implementation of a total gun ban is the primary strategy that they are looking at.

“We may have the command conference either next week or the week after that. We’ll then decide if we have to implement a total gun ban again,” he said.

The Comelec imposed the total gun ban for the May 10 local and national polls, and it is believed that it helped in the reduction of violence during this period.

According to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, the poll body is leaning toward a total gun ban and they would make it known to the PNP and the AFP during the meeting.

“It was the first time that a total gun ban was imposed during the May 2010 elections and I think it was effective. So most likely, we’ll impose that again,” Melo said.

Meantime, as preparations are underway for the synchronized barangay and SK elections, environmentalists advised local candidates to wage a no frills and garbage-free campaign.

Leaders of the EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog, exhorted all aspirants to campaign “green” as the Comelec announced last Tuesday the calendar of activities in connection with the upcoming polls.

As per Comelec Resolution 9019, candidates may file their certificates of candidacy from Oct. 1 to 13, and may campaign from Oct. 14 to 23.

“As frontline leaders in building clean and healthy neighborhoods, we expect those seeking barangay and youth council positions to set a good example in green leadership and governance by campaigning simply and ecologically,” said Roy Alvarez, president of EcoWaste Coalition.

“Instead of wasting resources for excessive campaign leaflets, posters and banners that will likely end up as trash, why not mount a more personal campaign that will foster better connection between the candidates and the grassroots?” Alvarez suggested.

He said “no frills, house-to-house calls, street corner chats, ‘palengke’ and ‘barbero’ visits and meetings with different neighborhood associations are effective means for reaching out and informing voters about the candidates’ credentials and plans.” - With Rhodina Villanueva

CatsMeow
09-14-2010, 19:04
It's now official.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=612130&publicationSubCategoryId=63
Total gun ban starts Sept. 25
By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) Updated September 15, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (2)


MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will implement a total gun ban from Sept. 25 to Nov. 10 to keep peace and order during the synchronized baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Oct. 25.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the gun ban had been effective in minimizing poll-related violence in the May elections.

During the May elections, only members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were allowed to carry guns.

Private individuals and government officials could apply for security escorts if there were threats to their lives.

Larrazabal said that candidates for baranggay posts, incumbent officials and private individuals could also seek security escorts.

Tomorrow, the Comelec will hold a command conference with the police, military, Department of Education and Department of Transportation and Communications to discuss the mechanics for the total gun ban.

Wp.22
09-14-2010, 19:50
what's new hehehehehe covered ba airgun? plano ko mag airgun shooting sa bakuran ko gamit classsic na LD airgun.

Allegra
09-14-2010, 19:54
on the bright side ( for me ), yan ang inaantay ko
Matapos lang yan , i promise pumasyal na ulit sa firing range

DragonEye
09-14-2010, 20:49
Criminals and some politicians (not necessarily different entities) must be shaking with fear with this gun ban. Subukan naman kaya nila baliktarin? Lahat ng pwede mag-carry, mag-carry 24/7. Saya siguro nun.

edtf
09-15-2010, 04:14
what's new hehehehehe covered ba airgun? plano ko mag airgun shooting sa bakuran ko gamit classsic na LD airgun.

Included ang airgun and airsoft

jimbullet
09-15-2010, 12:37
airguns and airsofts have long been a project of the FED to be regulated and sometime ago they already wanted to have certain permits issued to these.

Nothing new to this proposal including these.