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nitrox920
01-27-2007, 16:27
Actual incidents/events during the COMELEC GUN BAN that started last January 14,2007 for the coming may 14,2007 Election.

I hope Comm.Ferrer of the COMELEC firearms and security division can stay awake at night. They shouldnt play with our life. we have our families to protect and business to run.

I heard from COMELEC personnel that a couple under the witness protection program were not granted an exemption.

nitrox920
01-27-2007, 16:33
A Philippine army trooper was arrested by the police for allegedly carrying two hand grenades at a mall in Bacolod City at about 11:45 a.m. January 16,2007

Staff Sgt. Edwin Demontaño, 46, a member of Army's 542ND Engineering Construction Battalion was arrested after he allegedly endorsed two hand grenades to Security guard Daniel Sarosa of FSD Security Agency at the Robinson's Place Bacolod in Brgy. Mandalagan, police reports said.

nitrox920
01-27-2007, 16:42
January 24,2007

Another Army soldier arrested for alleged illegal discharge of firearms in Kabankalan City, was charged yesterday by the police for violation of the Comele gun ban and for illegal possession of firearms.

Arrested Sunday night by troopers of the 6th Regional Mobile Group was PFC Edwin Roca, a member of the 11th Infantry Battalion.

Roca, also of Kabankalan City, was disarmed of his 9mm pistol with a magazine containing four ammunition. However, he claimed that the gun went off accidentally. Violation of the Comelec gun ban is a non-bailable offense, the police said.

The firing of a gun allegedly by Roca, took place on Sunday at the public plaza of Kabankalan City, while the Sinulog Festibal was being celebrated.

Security Guard Artemio Bongitan who was also arrested for having a 12-gauge-shotgun in Sagay City on Jan 18, is also facing charges for violation of Comelec gun ban, the police said.

Nine guns of various calibers have already been recovered by the police, three of them seized by joint operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as well as the 612nd PMG, since the start of election period on Jan. 14.

nitrox920
01-27-2007, 16:48
January 19,2007

A municipal trial judge who was recently transferred from Cagayan after surviving an ambush attempt in 2005 was shot dead while on his way home in Quezon City Friday night.Jan 19,2007 5 days after the implementation of the gun ban

Radio DZBB reported Saturday morning that two motorcycle-riding men sidled up to a passenger jeep that judge Nathaniel Pattugalan was riding during traffic, then shot him.

Quezon City Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit (QCPD-CIU) operatives said they are not discounting that the killing was connected with cases Pattugalan handled in Cagayan.

Citing initial information, they said Pattugalan had survived an ambush in Cagayan province in 2005. That ambush prompted his transfer to Quezon City.

Sketchy initial reports indicated the incident took place at about 6 p.m. Friday,Jan 19,2007 when Pattugalan rode on a passenger jeep and was seated near the driver.

But when the jeep was stuck in traffic, two men on a motorcycle sidled up and shot Pattugalan.

Investigator SPO1 Rodrigo Barrameda said that before his murder, Pattugalan was also a professor at the Philippine College of Criminology, and a judge in Baggao town in Cagayan

An SWS survey last 2006 states that 66% of judges say they are happy with their pay but wants to be armed for their owned protection.

jimbullet
01-28-2007, 00:03
I believe there was a Barangay treasurer claiming to be a confidential agent of the ISAFP that was carrying an M16 rifle while on a motor bike that got questioned as he did have a Mission Order but failed to show a Comelec exemption.

Sounds suspicious since can you become an ISAFP agent while being a barangay treasurer?

nitrox920
01-28-2007, 02:52
Jan 25,2007

Mayor Benito Astorga of Daram Samar was murdered in the island barangay of Birawan in Daram town a 2nd termer and said to be running for reelection. He was fatally shot around 2 am on Jan 25,2007 while attending a village dance held in celebration of the annual fiesta of Birawan.

Suffered several gunshot wounds and died before reaching a hospital in Tacloban city.

A VICTIM of the Comelec Gun Ban.

kcboy
01-28-2007, 03:01
january 21,2007

a tsinoy businessman got shot by 2 hoodlums here in binondo. to think na a minute away lang sa house ko yung pinangyarihan. business related daw yung murder. til now the police are still looking for clues. arawaraw ang daming police dito and dami checkpoint right now sa binondo area.

nitrox920
01-28-2007, 03:02
Jan 26,2007

A lawyer was shot dead late friday jan 26,2007. Atty. Dennis Valencia had just completed court duties at Bulwagan ng Katarungan on his way home when an undetermined number of suspect shot him as he stepped out of the gate of the Bulwagan compound along flores street at around 4pm.

Victim as a son of Judge Mirafe Valencia of the Matnog Municipal Trial court. recovered at the crime scene 6 spent cartridges. no eye witness had come forward as yet.

Police said no suspect and no possible motive say Sorsogon City Police Chief Argarin.

Lawyers in Sorsogon expressed alarm over the incident, citing the impunity which the killers were able to carry out the slaying.

A VICTIM of the COMELEC GUN BAN

nitrox920
01-28-2007, 03:55
hi jimbullet...pls correct me if i am wrong but i think one can be an ISAFP agent while being a barangay treasurer.
Its way way cheaper and less paperwork on part of a civilian or elected govt official to get a permit to carry (MISSION ORDER)from the ARMY intel. division than getting a PTCFOR from the PNP.

What happened with the brgy treasurer? Did the PNP charge him for the violation of the comelec gun ban.

I also understand from the ISAFP that there is a directive with their intel agents that they should not carry their firearms openly in public. by the way ISAFP only give MISSION ORDERS to license and registered firearm holders

nitrox920
01-28-2007, 04:08
hi kcboy. what happened witht tsinoy business man? Did he survived the attacked. We'll another victim of the comeclec gun ban.

For this lets thanks and give a hand to former comelec chairman Christian monsod for starting this COMELEC GUN BAN resolution. people are being killed left and right for this.

also for everybody information... Christian Monsod is also the head and legal adviser of TASK FORCE MAPALAD a leftist militant organization that has been violently grabbing lands from other agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Recently there was a gun battle that happened here few days a ago in la castellana that was started by his group.

nitrox920
01-28-2007, 06:46
the following Senators that are ANTI GUN

Sen.Franklin Drilon
Sen.Mar Roxas
Sen.Nene Pimentel

chowchow
01-28-2007, 11:17
Dapat yang COMELEC commissioner papuntahin sa mga NPA infested area and walang bodyguard kasama, tingnan natin kung papayag siya.

isuzu
01-28-2007, 19:33
Originally posted by nitrox920
January 24,2007

Another Army soldier arrested for alleged illegal discharge of firearms in Kabankalan City, was charged yesterday by the police for violation of the Comele gun ban and for illegal possession of firearms.

Arrested Sunday night by troopers of the 6th Regional Mobile Group was PFC Edwin Roca, a member of the 11th Infantry Battalion.

Roca, also of Kabankalan City, was disarmed of his 9mm pistol with a magazine containing four ammunition. However, he claimed that the gun went off accidentally. Violation of the Comelec gun ban is a non-bailable offense, the police said.

The firing of a gun allegedly by Roca, took place on Sunday at the public plaza of Kabankalan City, while the Sinulog Festibal was being celebrated.

I doubt his alibi. Considering that it's Sinulog in Kabankalan, the soldier might have been drunk. Couple of questions that we might want to ask: 1) Was he on official duty and in uniform when the incident happened?; 2) Was alcohol involved in the incident?

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and let the courts decide.:)

isuzu
01-28-2007, 19:35
Originally posted by chowchow
Dapat yang COMELEC commissioner papuntahin sa mga NPA infested area and walang bodyguard kasama, tingnan natin kung papayag siya.

I'm sure his bodyguards were the first to get gun ban exemptions together with Pacquiao.

HEAVY
01-29-2007, 03:58
so the question that begs to be asked is :

" If the good commissioner is allowed the means to defend his life against criminals, bakit tayo hindi pwede?"

kcboy
01-29-2007, 04:40
Originally posted by nitrox920
hi kcboy. what happened witht tsinoy business man? Did he survived the attacked. We'll another victim of the comeclec gun ban.

For this lets thanks and give a hand to former comelec chairman Christian monsod for starting this COMELEC GUN BAN resolution. people are being killed left and right for this.

also for everybody information... Christian Monsod is also the head and legal adviser of TASK FORCE MAPALAD a leftist militant organization that has been violently grabbing lands from other agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Recently there was a gun battle that happened here few days a ago in la castellana that was started by his group.

sad to say, the tsinoy business man died in the hospital, inakbauan sabay pinaputokan, kaya dead agad. sad talaga, the tsinoy just came from a basketballgame kaya d bihis at handa.:sad:

kcboy
01-29-2007, 04:41
funny nga, lately ive been seeing sa news ang daming nahuhuling mga police na violating the comelec gunban. police mismo d makasunod.:tongueout:

nitrox920
01-29-2007, 06:53
Jan 29,2007

that right! that's why todays the POLICE and Military intel operatives are appealing to the COMELEC to speed up the processing of their applications for the gun ban exemption.:

There was a report that two bicol policemen in civilian clothes last tuesday was arrested by the National Bureau of investigation (NBI)while turning over a person accused of rape. the policemen did not have the comelec exemption permits.

As one veteran senior policeman assigned at the quezon provincial HQ said "That comelec permit is a BIG JOKE then. Hopefully, it will be different this time. Our men needed that permit because they are law enforcer and not law breakers.Without their service firearms, they are exposed naked to criminals and communist Sparrows," said the official.

Army Intel operative in southern luzon based in Camp Nakar expressed the same sentiment.

It was observed that even without the COMELEC gun ban police and military also carry their guns even when in civilian clothes. "Pakisamahan na lang Huhulihin ba ng pulis ang kapuwa nila pulis dahil lang sa gun ban?" said one cop.

As of now comelec has received more than 20,000 applicantions for the exemption, but as of tuesday last week comelec only approved 3,500.

VICTIMS OF THE COMELEC GUN BAN:shakehead: :shakehead:

nitrox920
01-29-2007, 06:59
Jan 25,2007

Last Thurs, Jan 25,07 Businesswoman Ma.Teresa Rana had just withdrawn P200,000 from E.PCIbank Brgy Rosario Pasig on the traffice prone Ortigas Avenue and was on her way to mandaluyong when two robbers approached her vehicle and took the money.

A VICTIM of the COMELEC GUN BAN

nitrox920
01-29-2007, 07:10
So, for the DISPENSABLE civilian TAXPAYERS of lesser status .... of course except for MANNY PACQUIAO..... GOOD LUCK ... ... i hope we don't end up as statistic for the sake of this election.

the NPA claimed for the killing of the mayor. now his just a number...nothing more nothing less...just a statistics for COMELEC.

jojo_G19
01-29-2007, 10:50
Originally posted by nitrox920
Jan 26,2007

A lawyer was shot dead late friday jan 26,2007. Atty. Dennis Valencia had just completed court duties at Bulwagan ng Katarungan on his way home when an undetermined number of suspect shot him as he stepped out of the gate of the Bulwagan compound along flores street at around 4pm.

Victim as a son of Judge Mirafe Valencia of the Matnog Municipal Trial court. recovered at the crime scene 6 spent cartridges. no eye witness had come forward as yet.

Police said no suspect and no possible motive say Sorsogon City Police Chief Argarin.

Lawyers in Sorsogon expressed alarm over the incident, citing the impunity which the killers were able to carry out the slaying.

A VICTIM of the COMELEC GUN BAN




this, i have seen the body while still lying down samay gate ng bulwagan ng katarungan. this happened at 4:00 ng hapon. tsk tsk tsk, lalakas na talaga ng lood ng mga BGs ngaun knowing na walang kalabanlaban ang mga tao.

it took the SOCO 30mins yata bago nakarating sa crime scene. and another ewan ko kung gaano katagal para tapusin ung investigation.

chowchow
01-29-2007, 11:00
Sana may NRA spokesman dyan para ma ipalalaman sa media of whats going on. Make it loud and big in TV and radio stations that people are dying defenseless bec of COMELECs stupid law. E demand sa Presidente GMA ebalik ang right to bear arms. Naku , ang dami na palang na biktima.
Halos peak season ng CIDG ngayon, maraming madagdag sa inventory/armory ng PNP nito.

binoy
01-30-2007, 19:14
Originally posted by nitrox920
There was a report that two bicol policemen in civilian clothes last tuesday was arrested by the National Bureau of investigation (NBI)while turning over a person accused of rape. the policemen did not have the comelec exemption permits.

Dura lex, sed lex....
the law may be harsh (and in this case stupid), but it is the law....

They should know better since they are supposedly the "law enforcers" ... right??

Oh well... 5 more months ...:banana:

nitrox920
01-31-2007, 02:30
January 29,2007

Tacloban City- The husband of the 1st boardmember of Dayday de luna representing the 2nd district of SAMAR was killed jan 29 morning with a lone bullet wound lodged in his head from two unidentified motorcycle riding men.
Mr.Dominador de Luna 53 yrs old was walking along Rosario Street Catbalogan ,the capital town of Samar when his assailants shot him at close range around 9am with a 45cal.

a VICTIM of the COMELEC GUN BAN

nitrox920
01-31-2007, 02:38
Jan 27,2007

A Caloocan policeman in the name of Police Officer 1 Ruben Baratas robbed a meat dealer in Navotas.

PO1 Baratas grabbed the businesswoman Louise Palileo bag containing 270,000 pesos or $5,4000 in cash and several checks. PO1 Baratas opened fire on security guard Richard Fulgadas who gave chase. Baratas instead wounded a bystander Ms Mary Grace Bona.

A victim of the COMELEC GUN BAN

nitrox920
01-31-2007, 03:05
The Chinese Filipino community had earlier express FEARS that crime incidents may escalate with the comming election.
TSINOY traders are usually targeted for kidnapping for ransom to raise funds for unscrupulouse candidates.

Manila Police District director Senior Superindendent Danilo Abarzosa assured them that "the police are always ready to help them."

Yes, of course we believe you SIR !!!!

Just for the books ... NAPOLCOM records shows that there are 114,000 policemen(2006) nationawide.considering 10% have deskjob duties that leaves us with 102,600. Only 70% have issued firearms thats 71,820 policemen imagine to protect 85 million filipino civilians.

if we compute,the ratio would be 1 policemen for every 1,183 civilians....Do you feel secure with that ?

nitrox920
01-31-2007, 04:49
I doubt his alibi. Considering that it's Sinulog in Kabankalan, the soldier might have been drunk. Couple of questions that we might want to ask: 1) Was he on official duty and in uniform when the incident happened?; 2) Was alcohol involved in the incident?

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and let the courts decide.

the soldier was in civilian clothes and drunk when the incident happened. I guess he had so much fun, he thought he was in IRAQ.

nitrox920
01-31-2007, 04:50
from izusu
I doubt his alibi. Considering that it's Sinulog in Kabankalan, the soldier might have been drunk. Couple of questions that we might want to ask: 1) Was he on official duty and in uniform when the incident happened?; 2) Was alcohol involved in the incident?

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and let the courts decide.

the soldier was in civilian clothes and drunk when the incident happened. I guess he had so much fun, he thought he was in IRAQ. [/B][/QUOTE]

nitrox920
02-02-2007, 08:22
three hold-uppers shot a money changer and snatched his clutch bag containing 50,000 at 820am jan 30,2007 near the dumaguete catherdral at Gov Mariano Perdices Street Dumaguete city

the victim was alone in his place of business when,out of nowhere 3 unidentified motorcyle riding men stopped a few feet from him and armed with a 45 pistol approached and annouced a holdup.

the victim grab the gun from one of the suspect and they grappled for it. the suspect asked for help from his two other companior when his 45 magazine was detached from the gun his companion allegedly shoot the victim once.

then grab and bag and casually walked away from the crime scene to a waiting motorcycle driven by another suspect.

A victim of the COMELEC GUN BAN

chocoboy
02-02-2007, 10:44
1. money changer's courier shot dead somewhere in Binondo a couple of days back. Amount of stolen money not disclosed...

2. Shootout between suspected kidnappers/bank robbers and policemen near SO-EN along Araneta Ave yesterday. 1 suspect dead and 4 captured. The killed suspect was armed w/ a hand grenade and before he could pull the pin, cops shot him dead. The other 3 suspects surrendered.

vega
02-02-2007, 18:02
Originally posted by nitrox920
Jan 25,2007

Last Thurs, Jan 25,07 Businesswoman Ma.Teresa Rana had just withdrawn P200,000 from E.PCIbank Brgy Rosario Pasig on the traffice prone Ortigas Avenue and was on her way to mandaluyong when two robbers approached her vehicle and took the money.

A VICTIM of the COMELEC GUN BAN
I have to ask, how could she be a victim of gun ban? Does Rana have a PTC and she can't carry now because of the ban? If she doesn't have a PTC then she's a victim of robbery. Comelec gun ban doesn't have anything to do with this unless she was deprived of carrying.

vega
02-02-2007, 18:04
Originally posted by nitrox920
Jan 27,2007

A Caloocan policeman in the name of Police Officer 1 Ruben Baratas robbed a meat dealer in Navotas.

PO1 Baratas grabbed the businesswoman Louise Palileo bag containing 270,000 pesos or $5,4000 in cash and several checks. PO1 Baratas opened fire on security guard Richard Fulgadas who gave chase. Baratas instead wounded a bystander Ms Mary Grace Bona.

A victim of the COMELEC GUN BAN
Another issue, does Palileo have a PTC before the ban? If not then she's a victim of robbery and not gun ban. I agree with the rest of your reporting but let's keep it straight.

maskytrading
02-03-2007, 00:43
Maskytrading-A Partial Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban... goes to the range weekly bringing his "toys" because it is his diversion. After Jan.14/07, he still goes to the range to play with his "toys"...does not bring it anymore but leaves it there. No more PTT

Shooting Ranges-Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban...very low attendance, very low income

AFAD Employees-Partial Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban...no more clients to have their PTC "walked" in Crame...no more sideline income

PTCFOR holders-are hardest hit among us "gun likers"...how would you cope with the threats now imagined or real...Waste of the 12K fee to get the PTC and the effort and time to accomplish the other requirements

isuzu
02-03-2007, 09:51
IN ISABELA
Unarmed militiaman
gunned down by NPA

Three suspected New People's Army hitmen gunned down an unarmed CAFGU member in Brgy. Luz Sikatuna, Isabela, Negros Occidental, on Thursday.

Military investigations show that Rudy Azuncion was on his way home, when he was waylaid by three suspected rebel hitmen, who shot him without any reason.

Lt. Col. Jess Manangquil, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, yesterday said Azuncion, a member of the Sikatuna detachment, sustained a fatal gunshot wound in the head, and died on the spot.

Manangquil said the liquidation of Azuncion is part of the tactical offensives of the Larangan Gerilya 1 of the New People's Army, aimed at terrorizing militiamen and to project that they are still a force to reckon with.

He, however, said the insurgents are targeting unarmed militiamen because they cannot afford to attack or harass military and police detachments, whose defenses have already been strengthened.

Manangquil reiterated his advice to militiamen and soldiers to be extra vigilant against the terroristic activities of the New People's Army in Negros island.*GPB

-Visayan Daily Star, February 3, 2007

chowchow
02-03-2007, 10:11
Classic war of attrition. THis is costing so many lives for the sake of preparing/electing our government oficials who care less in the first place. Very revolting to the senses knowing they can strike with impunity.

nitrox920
02-04-2007, 08:15
Originally posted by vega
Another issue, does Palileo have a PTC before the ban? If not then she's a victim of robbery and not gun ban. I agree with the rest of your reporting but let's keep it straight.

Anything that happens within this period is attributed to the comelec gun ban.

I think its irrelevant if the victim has permit to carry or not. The momment COMELEC declared it as a gun ban period. Its open season for the criminals and NPAs to hit on their easy targets.
The Perception of a total gun ban makes everybody a vulnerable target for the criminals/NPAs/goons...bad guys.

The criminals knows that COMELEC are having a hard time on their approvals. the Police and the Army are even rushing for their exemption.

There was even an incident of a son shooting his own father but i didnt post it because it happened in their house

there was also the disarming of RPA-ABB by police because of the gun ban and later returned the guns to them. now the RPA-ABB are asking for an exemption from comelec.

vega
02-04-2007, 08:31
Originally posted by nitrox920
Anything that happens within this period is attributed to the comelec gun ban.

I think its irrelevant if the victim has permit to carry or not. The momment COMELEC declared it as a gun ban period. Its open season for the criminals and NPAs for their intended targets.

The criminals knows that COMELEC are having a hard time on their approvals. the Police and the Army are even rushing for their exemption.
Is that the way the media is puuting it?
I don't agree with the gun ban but I don't agree with irresponsible reporting as well.

nitrox920
02-04-2007, 08:46
the killing of an unarmed cafgu in Isabela Negros Occidental shows that he is a

A Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban

vega
02-04-2007, 09:02
Originally posted by nitrox920
the killing of an unarmed cafgu in Isabela Negros Occidental shows that he is a

A Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban
Check my earlier post, I said I agree with the rest of your reporting EXCEPT the ones I quoted. That is about Rana and Palileo.

Where in my post did I mention that cafgu is not comelec related?

chowchow
02-04-2007, 13:04
6 months of hunting season for the lawless elements, its a joke. COMELEC should repeal that law and be truthful to the people that it doesnt work. It s a carte blanche for kidnappings, murders, burglaries, assassinations and the worse.

isuzu
02-04-2007, 14:46
Originally posted by vega
Another issue, does Palileo have a PTC before the ban? If not then she's a victim of robbery and not gun ban. I agree with the rest of your reporting but let's keep it straight.

I believe that the trader is a victim of the Gun Ban whether she was previously armed or not. The criminals know that gunowners are not allowed to carry guns unless they have an exemption, so they become more aggressive to hit at people, especially traders who carry cash.

The Comelec just probably did not even take into account the negative effects the gun ban would have on business and the economy as a whole. Traders, such as fish dealers, meat dealers who buy livestock in the rural areas, rice dealers, scrap iron/bottle dealers, etc., usually carry cash when they buy their goods. Most of them carry guns; some don't. They would just scale down their activities during the gun ban to avoid being robbed. Those severely affected by this would be the farmers, livestock growers, etc. who expect these traders to buy from them on a mostly, week-to-week basis.

nitrox920
02-05-2007, 09:24
A Phil Army reservist Cirilio Salvilla Canillas 43 yrs old was arrested last Feb 3 Sat.at Banago Bacolod City.

He was in the act of reloading and unloading his .357 revolver with 5 bullets beside a store at around 8:15pm Saturday. He was allegedly drunk.

Another guy from cadiz was also arrested for having a 38 cal revolver at around 1:20 am also in Banago Bacolod. He fired his gun at his neighbor. fortunately he missed, resisted and was lated arrested by the police.

nitrox920
02-05-2007, 09:33
Feb 2,2007

Tacloban City. a gunman shot a 47 yrs old Sixto Azilan (an area coordinator of the PCGG-(Pres.com.of good governance) while he was inside a videoke bar in brgy mugto less than a kilometer away from Hinabangan town proper.

He was shot in his chest and abdomen. his companion was also shot in the stomach and was recuperating in a city hospital

A Victim of the Comelec Gun Ban

nitrox920
02-05-2007, 09:38
Jan 17,2007

Ausgusto Daclitan 53 an ex NPA and now a provincial coordinator of an anticommunism group Alliance of Natinalism and Democracy was gunned down in Catbalogan.

Jan 19,2007

Police Asset Alfonso Sabillo 48 was also killed


VICTIMS of the COMELEC Gun Ban

chowchow
02-05-2007, 10:56
Nitrox, thanks for those reports, nakaka awa yung mga victims, no way they can return fire. Even if they dont carry one, a sign of the times. Sana may documentary na gagawin sa ABS CBN or any TV station dyan. These are issues to be reported. Magandang Gabi Bayan, should be aware of this, parang ABC na 20/20. 4months to go pa bago yung May Election.

jimbullet
02-05-2007, 18:28
Unfortunately, media will always cling to the masses and what sells.

Perhaps gun ownership is not close to the heart of the masses anyway and that we are simply a handful of people only.

I may sound extreme but there are a good number of journalist who are avid shooters and likewise have PTC's. But how come they do not talk about the good things of guns? Perhaps bad stories sell and blame it on the guy who has a gun regardless if it is justified shooting or if it is licensed or not.

maskytrading
02-05-2007, 23:04
Before in the Old West, almost everybody had six shooters strapped at their hips or a side by side double nearby. Astride their mounts, there was the Henry repeater in the scabbard...And when laws were passed prohibiting the carry of FAs in developing or progressive areas, the everyday sight of gun-toting civilians started vanishing...a few holdovers who were either cowboys on the trail, desperados, gunslingers, gun-likers(like us) were the exception...Ordinary folks started to get leery with those persons who had FAs with them because they were far and few plus the fact that the person who is a stranger to you "carries" and you do not have any resulted in the bad rep of FAs.

Now, that stigma imo is still printed indelibly in the minds of a lot of people...If you have FAs or like FAs you are pre-judged as hot-headed, out for trouble and downright dangerous and do not fit the behavioral norm of ordinary people and the biggest problem is governments think like this

maskytrading
02-05-2007, 23:12
Originally posted by nitrox920
A Phil Army reservist Cirilio Salvilla Canillas 43 yrs old was arrested last Feb 3 Sat.at Banago Bacolod City.
He was in the act of reloading and unloading his .357 revolver with 5 bullets beside a store at around 8:15pm Saturday. He was allegedly drunk.
Another guy from cadiz was also arrested for having a 38 cal revolver at around 1:20 am also in Banago Bacolod. He fired his gun at his neighbor. fortunately he missed, resisted and was lated arrested by the police.

The incidents mentioned above give the peaceful, responsible, law-abiding gun-owners/likers a very, very bad name. These isolated incidents, if I may say so, are then blown out of proportion and used as examples by governments to make it hard for those applying for a license to get an approval and to a certain extent ban guns.

saki1611
02-06-2007, 04:51
New findings from FBI about cop attackers & their weapons

[From Force Science News provided by The Force Science Research Center.
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New findings on how offenders train with, carry and deploy the weapons they use to attack police officers have emerged in a just-published, 5-year study by the FBI.

Among other things, the data reveal that most would-be cop killers:

--show signs of being armed that officers miss;

--have more experience using deadly force in “street combat” than their intended victims;

--practice with firearms more often and shoot more accurately;

--have no hesitation whatsoever about pulling the trigger. “If you hesitate,” one told the study’s researchers, “you’re dead. You have the instinct or you don’t. If you don’t, you’re in trouble on the street….”

These and other weapons-related findings comprise one chapter in a 180-page research summary called “Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers.” The study is the third in a series of long investigations into fatal and nonfatal attacks on POs by the FBI team of Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, clinical forensic psychologist, and Ed Davis, criminal investigative instructor, both with the Bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit, and Charles Miller III, coordinator of the LEOs Killed and Assaulted program.

“Violent Encounters” also reports in detail on the personal characteristics of attacked officers and their assaulters, the role of perception in life-threatening confrontations, the myths of memory that can hamper OIS investigations, the suicide-by-cop phenomenon, current training issues, and other matters relevant to officer survival. (Force Science News and our strategic partner PoliceOne.com will be reporting on more findings from this landmark study in future transmissions.)

Commenting on the broad-based study, Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Research Center at Minnesota State University-Mankato, called it “very challenging and insightful--important work that only a handful of gifted and experienced researchers could accomplish.”

From a pool of more than 800 incidents, the researchers selected 40, involving 43 offenders (13 of them admitted gangbangers-drug traffickers) and 50 officers, for in-depth exploration. They visited crime scenes and extensively interviewed surviving officers and attackers alike, most of the latter in prison.

Here are highlights of what they learned about weapon selection, familiarity, transport and use by criminals attempting to murder cops, a small portion of the overall research:

Weapon Choice

Predominately handguns were used in the assaults on officers and all but one were obtained illegally, usually in street transactions or in thefts. In contrast to media myth, none of the firearms in the study was obtained from gun shows. What was available “was the overriding factor in weapon choice,” the report says. Only 1 offender hand-picked a particular gun “because he felt it would do the most damage to a human being.”

Researcher Davis, in a presentation and discussion for the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, noted that none of the attackers interviewed was “hindered by any law--federal, state or local--that has ever been established to prevent gun ownership. They just laughed at gun laws.”

Familiarity

Several of the offenders began regularly to carry weapons when they were 9 to 12 years old, although the average age was 17 when they first started packing “most of the time.” Gang members especially started young.

Nearly 40% of the offenders had some type of formal firearms training, primarily from the military. More than 80% “regularly practiced with handguns, averaging 23 practice sessions a year,” the study reports, usually in informal settings like trash dumps, rural woods, back yards and “street corners in known drug-trafficking areas.”

One spoke of being motivated to improve his gun skills by his belief that officers “go to the range two, three times a week [and] practice arms so they can hit anything.”

In reality, victim officers in the study averaged just 14 hours of sidearm training and 2.5 qualifications per year. Only 6 of the 50 officers reported practicing regularly with handguns apart from what their department required, and that was mostly in competitive shooting. Overall, the offenders practiced more often than the officers they assaulted, and this “may have helped increase [their] marksmanship skills,” the study says.

The offender quoted above about his practice motivation, for example, fired 12 rounds at an officer, striking him 3 times. The officer fired 7 rounds, all misses.

More than 40% of the offenders had been involved in actual shooting confrontations before they feloniously assaulted an officer. Ten of these “street combat veterans,” all from “inner-city, drug-trafficking environments,” had taken part in 5 or more “criminal firefight experiences” in their lifetime.

One reported that he was 14 when he was first shot on the street, “about 18 before a cop shot me.” Another said getting shot was a pivotal experience “because I made up my mind no one was gonna shoot me again.”

Again in contrast, only 8 of the 50 LEO victims had participated in a prior shooting; 1 had been involved in 2 previously, another in 3. Seven of the 8 had killed offenders.

Concealment

The offenders said they most often hid guns on their person in the front waistband, with the groin area and the small of the back nearly tied for second place. Some occasionally gave their weapons to another person to carry, “most often a female companion.” None regularly used a holster, and about 40% at least sometimes carried a backup weapon.

In motor vehicles, they most often kept their firearm readily available on their person, or, less often, under the seat. In residences, most stashed their weapon under a pillow, on a nightstand, under the mattress--somewhere within immediate reach while in bed.

Almost all carried when on the move and strong majorities did so when socializing, committing crimes or being at home. About one-third brought weapons with them to work. Interestingly, the offenders in this study more commonly admitted having guns under all these circumstances than did offenders interviewed in the researchers’ earlier 2 surveys, conducted in the 1980s and ’90s.

According to Davis, “Male offenders said time and time again that female officers tend to search them more thoroughly than male officers. In prison, most of the offenders were more afraid to carry contraband or weapons when a female CO was on duty.”

On the street, however, both male and female officers too often regard female subjects “as less of a threat, assuming that they not going to have a gun,” Davis said. In truth, the researchers concluded that more female offenders are armed today than 20 years ago--“not just female gang associates, but female offenders generally.”

Shooting Style

Twenty-six of the offenders [about 60%], including all of the street combat veterans, “claimed to be instinctive shooters, pointing and firing the weapon without consciously aligning the sights,” the study says.

“They practice getting the gun out and using it,” Davis explained. “They shoot for effect.” Or as one of the offenders put it: “[W]e’re not working with no marksmanship….We just putting it in your direction, you know….It don’t matter…as long as it’s gonna hit you…if it’s up at your head or your chest, down at your legs, whatever….Once I squeeze and you fall, then…if I want to execute you, then I could go from there.”

Hit Rate

More often than the officers they attacked, offenders delivered at least some rounds on target in their encounters. Nearly 70% of assailants were successful in that regard with handguns, compared to about 40% of the victim officers, the study found. (Efforts of offenders and officers to get on target were considered successful if any rounds struck, regardless of the number fired.)

Davis speculated that the offenders might have had an advantage because in all but 3 cases they fired first, usually catching the officer by surprise. Indeed, the report points out, “10 of the total victim officers had been wounded [and thus impaired] before they returned gunfire at their attackers.”

Missed Cues

Officers would less likely be caught off guard by attackers if they were more observant of indicators of concealed weapons, the study concludes. These particularly include manners of dress, ways of moving and unconscious gestures often related to carrying.

“Officers should look for unnatural protrusions or bulges in the waist, back and crotch areas,” the study says, and watch for “shirts that appear rippled or wavy on one side of the body while the fabric on the other side appears smooth.” In warm weather, multilayered clothing inappropriate to the temperature may be a giveaway. On cold or rainy days, a subject’s jacket hood may not be covering his head because it is being used to conceal a handgun.

Because they eschew holsters, offenders reported frequently touching a concealed gun with hands or arms “to assure themselves that it is still hidden, secure and accessible” and hasn’t shifted. Such gestures are especially noticeable “whenever individuals change body positions, such as standing, sitting or exiting a vehicle.” If they run, they may need to keep a constant grip on a hidden gun to control it.

Just as cops generally blade their body to make their sidearm less accessible, armed criminals “do the same in encounters with LEOs to ensure concealment and easy access.”

An irony, Davis noted, is that officers who are assigned to look for concealed weapons, while working off-duty security at night clubs for instance, are often highly proficient at detecting them. “But then when they go back to the street without that specific assignment, they seem to ‘turn off’ that skill,” and thus are startled--sometimes fatally--when a suspect suddenly produces a weapon and attacks.

Mind-set

Thirty-six of the 50 officers in the study had “experienced hazardous situations where they had the legal authority” to use deadly force “but chose not to shoot.” They averaged 4 such prior incidents before the encounters that the researchers investigated. “It appeared clear that none of these officers were willing to use deadly force against an offender if other options were available,” the researchers concluded.

The offenders were of a different mind-set entirely. In fact, Davis said the study team “did not realize how cold blooded the younger generation of offender is. They have been exposed to killing after killing, they fully expect to get killed and they don’t hesitate to shoot anybody, including a police officer. They can go from riding down the street saying what a beautiful day it is to killing in the next instant.”

“Offenders typically displayed no moral or ethical restraints in using firearms,” the report states. “In fact, the street combat veterans survived by developing a shoot-first mentality.

“Officers never can assume that a criminal is unarmed until they have thoroughly searched the person and the surroundings themselves.” Nor, in the interest of personal safety, can officers “let their guards down in any type of law enforcement situation.”

NOTE: For new findings from the FBI researchers about highly dangerous suicide-by-cop confrontations, read the exclusive 2-part report by Force Science Research Center board member Chuck Remsberg here.

The FSRC was launched in 2004 by Executive Director Bill Lewinski, PhD. -- a specialist in police psychology -- to conduct unique lethal-force experiments. The non-profit FSRC, based at Minnesota State University-Mankato, uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document-for the first time-critical hidden truths about the physical and mental dynamics of life-threatening events, particularly officer-involved shootings. Its startling findings profoundly impact on officer training and safety and on the public's naive perceptions.

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nitrox920
02-08-2007, 20:09
Feb 7,2007
Negros Occidental

The Commission on Elections has not yet approved the request of the Bacolod City Police Office for exemption from the ban on carrying firearms during the election period, acting police director Senior Supt. Ronilo Quebrar said yesterday.

Quebrar said the BCPO personnel have individually submitted their applications and requirements for the gun ban exemption, which may be one of the reasons for its delay. He said the COMELEC gun ban has hampered police operations, especially in their covert missions. However, they are exhausting all means to continue their operations.

Only uniformed policemen are allowed to carry firearms, he said.

The COMELEC took control over the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines effective Jan. 14.

Jessie Suarez, COMELEC Provincial Supervisor of Negros Occidental had earlier said that the gun ban covers the bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if one has a license, unless authorized in writing by the COMELEC. Suarez said, so far, there are no election hotspots that have been identified in Negros Occidental

emac
02-08-2007, 21:35
Pamilya natagpuang patay sa loob ng INC sa Cavite

Tatlong miyembro ng isang pamilya ang natagpuan patay sa loob ng pastoral room ng Iglesia ni Cristo compound nitong Huwebes sa Ternate, Cavite.
Kinilala ang mga biktima na sina Darius Api, 34, isang "destinado" o local pastor ng INC, asawang si Antery Goles-Api, 34, na kasalukuyang walong-buwang buntis at anim-na-taong gulang nilang anak na si Kurt Russel.
Batay sa pagsusuri ng medico legal, mahigit 12-oras nang patay ang mga biktima kaya posible umanong pinagbabaril ang mga ito habang natutulog.
Patuloy na iniimbestigahan ng awtoridad ang insidente upang mabatid ang motibo at mga responsible sa krimen.

s.g
02-13-2007, 01:06
During lunchtime today, as witnessed by my officemates, pulled off by at least 3 persons, one wearing a ski mask, gloves, and carrying a carbine. Took off in a red old-model car and a motorcycle. Took something from the driver of another vehicle.

Abangan na lang natin sa balita for more details.

darwin25
02-13-2007, 01:41
Originally posted by saki1611


Among other things, the data reveal that most would-be cop killers:


--have more experience using deadly force in “street combat” than their intended victims;



Ito ang lagi kong sinasabi. Whatever they're doing now, chances are, those are just repeats and/or refinements of tactics they have succesfully employed in the past.

jlkwison
02-13-2007, 12:58
Originally posted by HEAVY
so the question that begs to be asked is :

" If the good commissioner is allowed the means to defend his life against criminals, bakit tayo hindi pwede?"

hmmmmm...we're 2nd class citizens ? :sad:

chowchow
02-13-2007, 13:13
Originally posted by s.g
During lunchtime today, as witnessed by my officemates, pulled off by at least 3 persons, one wearing a ski mask, gloves, and carrying a carbine. Took off in a red old-model car and a motorcycle. Took something from the driver of another vehicle.

Abangan na lang natin sa balita for more details.

Parang sine yan huh. Carbine, ang klassic yan.

choi_tan2000
02-13-2007, 19:48
sa laguna may nahuli mga taga cagayan daw..

8 rifles ang nkuha.. mukhang gagamitin sa election daw.

nagtaka lang ako may C4 pa. mukhang pag di nakuha sa gunfight eh. bobombahin na kalaban hehe.

s.g
02-13-2007, 21:10
Originally posted by chowchow
Parang sine yan huh. Carbine, ang klassic yan.

Sorry, what I meant was M16-Carbine, lalo bang gumulo?

http://www.philstar.com/philstar/news200702146301.htm

Daring heist in Makati
By Michael Punongbayan
The Philippine Star 02/14/2007

Police are now on the hunt for five to seven suspected members of the notorious Martilyo Gang robbery following an afternoon heist in the middle of one of Makati City’s busiest roads yesterday.

The assailants, armed with handguns and rifles, robbed Nicandro Navarette, 64, liaison officer of international money transfer company Currency Connection, of some P471,000 that he and his driver, Jaime del Monte, withdrew from an International Exchange Bank branch at the corner of Makati Avenue and Buendia around 1:30 p.m.

Reports said the robbers, who wore bonnets, blocked the victim’s Toyota Corolla sedan minutes after they left the bank.

They smashed the windows of the victim’s car with a hammer and grabbed the knapsack containing the money along with other items like documents, training manuals, and the like.

They initially made their getaway in a Mitsubishi Lancer (TBK 300) and then made good their escape by transferring to motorcycles meters away from the scene.

Police are pointing a finger at the Martilyo Gang because of the way the attackers used a hammer to smash the victim’s car windows.

Senior Police Officer 4 Danny Diaz, chief of the Makati City Police’s follow-up operations section, said witnesses saw the robbers point a gun at a Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic enforcer who tried to stop the suspects’ vehicle after it went through a red light.

Diaz said investigators are trying to determine if the robbery was an inside job because it seemed that the robbers knew when to strike and what to take.

chowchow
02-14-2007, 00:21
Originally posted by s.g
Sorry, what I meant was M16-Carbine, lalo bang gumulo?

http://www.philstar.com/philstar/news200702146301.htm

Daring heist in Makati
By Michael Punongbayan
The Philippine Star 02/14/2007

Police are now on the hunt for five to seven suspected members of the notorious Martilyo Gang robbery following an afternoon heist in the middle of one of Makati City’s busiest roads yesterday.

The assailants, armed with handguns and rifles, robbed Nicandro Navarette, 64, liaison officer of international money transfer company Currency Connection, of some P471,000 that he and his driver, Jaime del Monte, withdrew from an International Exchange Bank branch at the corner of Makati Avenue and Buendia around 1:30 p.m.

Reports said the robbers, who wore bonnets, blocked the victim’s Toyota Corolla sedan minutes after they left the bank.

They smashed the windows of the victim’s car with a hammer and grabbed the knapsack containing the money along with other items like documents, training manuals, and the like.

They initially made their getaway in a Mitsubishi Lancer (TBK 300) and then made good their escape by transferring to motorcycles meters away from the scene.

Police are pointing a finger at the Martilyo Gang because of the way the attackers used a hammer to smash the victim’s car windows.

Senior Police Officer 4 Danny Diaz, chief of the Makati City Police’s follow-up operations section, said witnesses saw the robbers point a gun at a Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic enforcer who tried to stop the suspects’ vehicle after it went through a red light.

Diaz said investigators are trying to determine if the robbery was an inside job because it seemed that the robbers knew when to strike and what to take.


Malapit sa Makati Med Center ba yung Buendia Ave?

nitrox920
02-14-2007, 08:04
Suspected New People's Army hitmen kidnapped and attempted to liquidate a civilian who has been very vocal against the atrocities of insurgents in Brgy. Banwagi, Guihulngan, which is near the boundary of Brgy. Sikatuna, Isabela, at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Col. Jess Manangquil 11th Infantry Battalion commander, yesterday said Eddie Dava, 42, was abducted by three rebel hitmen, armed with .45 caliber pistols and a .357 magnum revolver.

The attempt on Dava came about a week after suspected rebel hitmen also gunned down an unarmed CAFGU member, Rudy Azuncion, in Brgy. Sikatuna-Luz, Guihulgan, military records show.

Manangquil said Dava who was brought by his abductors at gunpoint to Sitio Caninag in Brgy. Banwagi, Guihulngan, was subjected to interrogation before he was shot twice and dumped in a creek. Despite two bullet wounds in his right knee and left ear, Manangquil said Dava was found alive the next day by barangay officials who immediately brought him to the Sikatuna-Luz Primary Hospital in Isabela, Negros Occidental.

Manangquil said the insurgents are resorting to "terror tactics" by targeting civilians and unarmed militiamen, because they have failed to conduct successful raids or ambushes against government installations or troopers.

Manangquil reiterated his advice to militiamen and soldiers to be extra vigilant against terroristic activities of the New People's Army in central Negros

chowchow
02-14-2007, 11:36
With COMELEC preventing them from defending themselves, the best they could do is pray.

arzon
02-16-2007, 04:48
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view_article.php?article_id=49867

arzon
02-16-2007, 04:49
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view_article.php?article_id=49864

emac
02-19-2007, 00:07
2006
IPSC Region President Medals
Philippines (PHI)142
Brazil (BRA)138
Germany (GER)107
Argentina (ARG)71
Canada (CAN)70
Czech Republic (CZE)60
Australia (AUS)58
United States (USA)49

Mukha nga yatang hindi aware ang ating Government at Comelec dito sa naging ranking ng Phils. noong 2006 IPSC President Medal race... malamang nito ay mahirapan tayo this year dahil sa kawalan ng matches.:sad: kulang na lang magmaka-awa tayo sa lahat ng santo para lang magkaroon tayo ng gold sa Olympics & asean game pero dito sa IPSC hindi na nga sila nakakatulong pinahihirapan pa tayong mga IPSC shooters... Only in IPSC na kaya nating pakainiin ng alikabok ang buong mundo:banana: :animlol: :rofl: :hearts: :shocked: :thumbsup: :tongueout: :wavey: ;) :supergrin:

mikey177
03-06-2007, 18:31
This one happened really close to home. I was surprised that I didn't hear the gunshots. Then again, I was still asleep at this time so the shots probably didn't register in my consciousness --that, or I already got accustomed to my inconsiderate neighbor using his back lot as a firing range that I thought it was just him again.

******

From http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/pan/2007/03/06/news/councilor.s.son.killed.html


Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Councilor's son killed

A SON of Urdaneta City Councilor Julio Parayno was shot dead by still unidentified man here Monday morning.

Urdaneta Police Chief Jimili Macaraeg identified the victim as Rene Parayno, a military reservist and resident of J.P. Rizal Street, Barangay Bayaoas. He sustained several gunshot wounds in his body.

Rene was the commanding officer of the Army 105th Reserved Company based in Urdaneta City.

A report said the victim, on board a Yamaha Enduro motorcycle, was about to buy pandesal at a bakery near his residence at 6:10 a.m. Monday when the gunman fired at him repeatedly.

Witnesses said the killer, who was wearing a helmet, immediately drove away on his motorcycle. Residents in the area rushed the victim to the Don Amadeo Perez Hospital but he died while undergoing treatment.

Responding policemen recovered from the crime scene two slugs and one spent shell for caliber .45 pistol.

Macaraeg said they have yet to determine the motive for the killing as of Monday, but vowed they will do their best to solve the case soon.

He asked the assistance of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for a speedy resolution of the case. (LCMY/Sunnex)

*****

What the reporter failed to point out was that the victim's father is running for vice-mayor in our city in the coming elections. I wonder if there is a connection.

chowchow
03-07-2007, 07:57
Mikey
Yung pauwi ako dito sa Tate in 2005 ang katabi ko sa economy class PAL ay ang Vice Mayor ng Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. She is a young 28 y o lady . Nalilimutan ko yung pangalan nya but we had a good talk about politics. She was heading for NYC for business to attract investors. Sabi nya ang Mayor dyan ay matagal na sa pusisyon.
Ang batang bata na ang mga nasa politics ngayon, na amaze lang ako sa mga bagong generation. Most of them are from political families sa bagay.

mikey177
03-07-2007, 18:15
chowchow,

Yes, Mayor Perez of Urdaneta City is running unopposed this May for his last term as city mayor. Matatapang pala ang mga tao dito sa Pangasinan kaya hotspot sya pag panahon ng eleksyon.

Oh well, I hope the new generation of political leaders are able to bring about peaceful change and progress in the countryside. Political killings are a big black eye to the peace and order situation.

badshot9mm
04-03-2007, 00:36
Gun culture


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We have a deeply entrenched gun culture. Why the right to bear arms is not enshrined in the Constitution may be due to the country’s ugly experience with martial law. Or maybe there’s an unwritten best-efforts pledge to work for a gun-less society.


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As in the past, an election gun ban is in place. And as in the past, candidates and their supporters are being gunned down across the country.

This is due not just to a failure of law enforcement, although security agencies bear a large part of the blame.

There is simply no parting many Filipinos from their guns. For some, a gun is an ego booster, the must-have accessory for any self-respecting macho man. A gun makes them feel special; power, for these people, emanates from the barrel of a gun.

For others, a gun is the only protection they can think of against rampant lawlessness in this country.

In certain areas, a gun is indispensable for survival. In these areas, it is not unusual to find oneself in a kill-or-be-killed situation.

The weakness of the justice system also prods people to settle grudges quickly and violently. Knowing they can get away with murder, people eliminate their enemies permanently. Victims of injustice take the law into their own hands, or turn to rebel groups for swift justice.

We have a deeply entrenched gun culture. Why the right to bear arms is not enshrined in the Constitution may be due to the country’s ugly experience with martial law. Or maybe there’s an unwritten best-efforts pledge to work for a gun-less society.

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There are people who don’t pack guns themselves, but can’t move around without armed security escorts.

Often these are government and political VIPs. Few lawmen tasked to enforce a gun ban can stand up to these people. They are among the biggest reasons for the failure of every election gun ban.

When a congressman, or a congressman’s wife, child or even mistress, who is questioned about possible illegal gun possession barks – "Do you know who I am?" – few low-ranking law enforcement officers will have the nerve to pursue the questioning.

These VIPs are also among the biggest users of vehicles without license plates. Many of the vehicles are smuggled.

In a land where kidnapping is a cottage industry, it is understandable that even big businessmen and their families move around with bodyguards. This is another indication of weak law enforcement. No one feels safe even at home; burglars take everything left out in the open, from denim jeans on clotheslines to aluminum ladders and pet dogs. In the communities near the fences of Banawe in Quezon City, no vehicle side mirror is safe. Even people who are not gun enthusiasts feel the need to keep weapons at home as protection from "Akyat-Bahay" burglars.

Never mind if neither a gun nor a bodyguard guarantees protection in a country where most assassins are hired guns who are unknown to the target.

Abra Rep. Luis Bersamin was shot dead in a church compound together with his bodyguard. The other day, Quezon congressional candidate Vicente Rabaya Jr. was found dead in a car with two handguns and two assault rifles that were all licensed in his name. How do civilians get licenses for assault rifles? Despite the firepower, the guns were not enough to keep Rabaya safe.

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Responsible gun owners point out that they need to arm themselves in the face of serious armed threats posed by various groups. Apart from burglars, kidnappers, carjackers and hit men sent by political rivals, Filipinos must worry about extortionists of the communist New People’s Army, extortionists and kidnappers of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists.

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, now a congressional candidate, must worry not just about kidnappers going after his multimillion-dollar winnings but also about people who want balato or a share of his fortune. And so "Pacman" was granted 20 gun ban exemptions for his bevy of bodyguards.

If Pacquiao can have 20 exemptions, why can’t other VIPs? That’s the question that authorities must answer each time another VIP applies for a gun ban exemption for himself or his security detail.

A report from Mindanao on Sunday said the military and police are flooded with requests for exemptions from the election gun ban from followers of Nur Misuari, who is running for governor of Sulu.

We should probably be happy that they even bothered to seek formal exemptions. In many parts of Muslim Mindanao, bearing arms is deemed an inalienable right.

When Misuari signed a peace agreement with the government a decade ago, his Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) turned over a token number of weapons and kept the rest. As governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Misuari built up a personal arsenal that he and his followers used when they staged a mini rebellion in Sulu and Zamboanga City where 100 people died – the reason he is now held without bail in a police camp.

The MNLF has split into factions. About a month ago, MNLF renegades in Sulu identified with Misuari held hostage government peace negotiators including a military general and freed them after ransom was paid. Whatever euphemism the government wants to use, the money paid was ransom.

Would those MNLF renegades be the same ones now seeking exemption from the gun ban, ostensibly to protect Misuari during his campaign?

And if they are armed – and licensed to bear arms, to boot – can Misuari’s rivals and their supporters be safe during the campaign?

The rivals are probably seeking gun ban exemptions themselves. No one is giving up his gun, even for a few months during the campaign. And the potential for violence will always be high, election season or not.

JuDGe
04-24-2007, 21:06
April 25, 2007 07:05 PM Wednesday Journal Online

ISANG 10-taong-gulang na bata ang nasugatan kahapon nang biglang pumutok ang baril ng isa sa bodyguard ni boxing champion at congressional candidate Manny Pacquiao habang nangangampanya ito noong Lunes ng hapon.

Agad namang inatasan ni Pacquiao ang kanyang legal adviser na imbestigahan ang pangyayari kung may kapabayaan sa panig ng kanyang bodyguard na nakilala lamang sa pangalang Jojo.

Ang biktima na si John Rey Tubiano ay dinala sa St. Elizabeth Hospital nang tamaan ang isa sa kanyang mga daliri sa kamay. Ligtas na ang biktima.

Sinabi ng campaign manager ni Pacquiao na si Franklin Gacal Jr. na abala si Pacquiao sa pangangampanya sa mga bayan sa General Santos City nang mangyari ang aksidente sa loob ng bahay ni Jojo.

Sinasabing naka-off duty na umano si Jojo nang pumutok ang baril nito. Nabatid na nangyari ang insidente dakong alas-2:45 ng hapon kung saan inilapag ni Jojo ang baril sa ibabaw ng mesa sa sala.

Nataon na may mga bata umano na naglalaro sa loob ng bahay at posibleng pinaglaruan ang baril at hindi sinasadyang pumutok at tinamaan ang biktima.

Hindi na interesado ang pamilya ng bata na maghabla dahil aksidente naman umano ang pangyayari.

Allegra
04-25-2007, 03:04
anyone know kung bumaba ang statistics ng gun crimes during the gun ban?
Baitparang everytime I read the newspaper , puro patayan pa rin

nitrox920
04-26-2007, 07:57
Eighty-two cases of election-related violent incidents have occurred since the start of the campaign period last January 14, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao, PNP spokesman, said the number is lower than the 249 incidents of poll violence recorded in the 2004 elections and 269 incidents in 2001.

He said police have seized 1,762 illegal firearms and arrested 1,883 violators of the nationwide gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections. A total of 177 explosives have also been confiscated.

Pagdilao said the PNP has dismantled three private armed groups from the Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions. He said the private armies were protected by local politicians. He added that the police cannot file charges against the politicians due to lack of evidence.

The PNP spokesman revealed that the police are targeting 38 private armies operating in the provinces.

PNP chief Oscar Calderon has ordered the intensification of the campaign against all forms of criminality, particularly those related to the elections. He said he is confident that police field units will be able to preempt and prevent politically motivated violence in so-called election hot spots.

He said he would hold all unit commanders accountable under the doctrine of command responsibility for negligence or inaction in preventing election violence and arresting persons behind it.

nitrox920
04-26-2007, 08:00
Still trying to revive its credibility amid unresolved charges of election rigging in 2004, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) promises to deliver peaceful and fraud-free elections this year through, among other tools, the strict implementation of gun ban.

But barely a week before the gun ban was enforced, the Comelec amended the rule to include private individuals, members of gun clubs, and manufacturers and dealers of guns as those entitled to apply for exemptions.

The change in gun ban rules comes at a time when more and more Filipinos, as fresh data from the national police indicates, turn to gun ownership to achieve sense of security in their homes and communities.

From the 12 groupings allowed to apply for exemptions in the 2004 elections, Comelec has now put 19 groupings under exceptions, comprising a motley mix of private persons, government employees and officials, private security agencies and politicians.

Promulgated on January 5, Comelec Resolution No. 7764-A bans the bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms or deadly weapons during election period from January 14 to June 13.

It also prohibits the employment of security personnel or bodyguards and the setting up of reaction forces.

Resolution No. 7764-A modified Resolution No. 7764, promulgated in November last year, which merely adopted rules on the selected gun ban in 2004.

The amendment certifies that no one gets automatic exemptions, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says. Those included in the exemptions should apply across the board, from the highest level to the lowest level and including Comelec commissioners.

A new grouping in the amended rule pertains to ‘high risk persons’ or those who experience valid and credible threats to their lives, Jimenez says.

High risk persons could be anyone from private citizens and businessmen to individuals seeking election posts. They may also count personalities, including actors and other celebrities.

High risk persons may apply for an exemption for themselves or for their personal bodyguards after undergoing thorough validation from the Comelec committee on firearms and security personnel, in charge of reviewing and granting of applications.

This new category may have been instrumental in the swift approval last week of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s request for exemption from gun ban.

No less than Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer himself, head of the firearms committee, gave the go-signal to Pacquiao’s security personnel to carry 20 firearms all through out the election period.

Ferrer said the General Santos-born athlete’s request was granted because of his current celebrity stature and multi-million earnings from his international fights.

As of this writing, Pacquiao has expressed his intent to run for mayor of General Santos City in southern Philippines.

No special favors

Comelec is quick to douse public perception that special persons and favors dictate the implementation of the gun ban.

“We don’t give exemptions to certain class of people," says Jimenez, adding that the exemptions are purely based on merits.

The Comelec refuses to disclose those granted exemptions this year and during the previous elections, citing security reasons.

Jimenez vouches the credibility of Ferrer, a retired Sandiganbayan (anti-graft court) justice, to discern who really deserves the exemption.

“He is feisty if people try to pressure him," says Jimenez.

Last week, after sparing Pacquiao from the gun ban, Ferrer disclosed that several known personalities have also applied for exemption but were disapproved.

Ferrer also said a son of a Metro Manila mayor was denied his application after merely citing his being a councilor as the reason.

The Comelec initially shunned personal and private exemptions, Jimenez says. But it had to consider actual cases wherein persons have been actually threatened or have lost their loved ones to violence.

“What would you do if a person is being harassed day and night, if the threat is credible? We can’t just turn him away," he says.

Gun clubs and dealers

Other new groups of persons allowed to carry or transport firearms this year are legitimate members of accredited gun clubs; manufacturers, exporters, importers and dealers of firearms and ammunitions; and privately-owned security agencies.

The amended rule also covers incumbent justices of the Supreme Court, appellate court and Sandiganbayan; provincial and city prosecutors; Ombudsman and chief of the public attorney’s office; and city, provincial and municipal treasurers.

The gun ban rule during the 2004 elections, Comelec Resolution No. 6446, generally lumped these officials under government employees entitled to apply for exemptions.

This year’s rule also allows cashiers and disbursing officers of private groups to carry firearms, especially if they are involved in the transport or deposit of money or valuables costing not less than P 200,000.

Comelec Resolution No. 7764-A also specifically allows election officers assigned within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in southern Philippines to apply for exemption.

It was in ARMM where the massive fraud in 2004 allegedly took place to clinch Arroyo’s presidency.

Arroyo and several generals -- including now Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon and newly appointed defense secretary Hermogenes Ebdane – were caught in wiretapped conversations with former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano to allegedly rig the results.

Increasing trend

Comelec sees this early that the application, and most likely the exemptions, would surpass the number of those granted in the 2004 and 2001 synchronized elections.

As of January 25, less than two weeks since the ban officially began, the poll body’s committee on firearms has already received a total of 21,478 applications.

Of this number, a total of 7,620 have been granted exemptions, mostly military and police personnel. Some 800 applications have already been denied.

This year’s number of applications is already close to half of the 55,847 applications during the 2004 elections. On the same year, Comelec denied 3,422 requests and granted 52,890 permits, comprised mostly of police and military personnel.

nitrox920
04-26-2007, 08:05
Unidentified armed men on Thursday shot to death a village chief from Bucay, Abra, who is reportedly a political supporter of Abra gubernatorial candidate Eustaquio Bersamin Jr., reports reaching the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame said.

Police said the assailants are reportedly planning to assassinate five more village heads from Bucay whose local chief executives are running against the political allies of Abra Gov. Vicente Valera.

Chief Supt. Eugene Martin, deputy chief for administration of the Cordillera Administration Region PNP office, identified the fatality as Eddie Tide, 38, married, of Pagala village.

He was shot dead in front of the Bangued Cathedral around 10:30 am by assassins armed with cal. 45 pistols. He was hit twice in the body and died instantly.

Martin said the victim, along with Aida Basio, Junie Sidson and Mila Sidson, went to Bangued to update money remittance sent by his relatives abroad. The victim was then sitting and resting beside the road while waiting for his companions to arrive.

The gunmen approached him and shot him at point blank range. They fled toward Cabuluan village on a motorcycle. The motive of the killing has not yet been established.

Last April 24, at 3:45 pm, a group of armed men ambushed the convoy of mayoral candidate of Langiden, Boyet Castillo in sitio Baker, San Antonio village, Bangued while en route to Langiden.

One of the vehicles bore three bullet holes in the windshield. The driver managed to maneuver the vehicle to a police station to report the attack. No one was reported injured. -

nitrox920
04-26-2007, 08:10
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday reminded police to keep a tight watch on identified and potential election hotspots following an escalation of poll-related violence in many parts of the country recently.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the increase in election-related violence is "real cause of concern" and the President wants the police to be on top of the situation.

Police records showed as of Thursday at least 23 people have been killed in violence linked to frenzied campaigning for the May 14 local and congressional elections and the death toll could rise as polling day nears.

Local elections have traditionally been marred by violence, largely due to huge numbers of unlicensed firearms, the existence of many armed groups and accusations of cheating — an already deadly brew made worse by weak law enforcement and raging communist and Muslim insurgencies in rural regions.

Bunye said the elections should showcase that democracy in the Philippines continues to mature with the choices of the people upheld instead of voters being coerced through the use of arms of force.

Although the 23 deaths and 80 violent elections-related incidents recorded by police so far are fewer than the 41 deaths and 249 cases of elections-related violence in the 2004 presidential elections, the figures are likely to rise because of political tension in many areas.

Police have dismantled 52 of about 90 known armed groups maintained by politicians, arrested more than 2,000 people who violated a gun ban and seized more than 1,700 weapons that could be used in attacks since Jan. 14, the start of the elections season, in an effort to curb poll violence.

ssc8888
04-30-2007, 10:59
does anyone know until when is the gun ban? thanks

asian_glockster
05-01-2007, 03:13
13 June

mikol
05-01-2007, 08:47
Ito na naman po sila!!!!
Palibhasa kasi malapit na election kaya di makakilos mga vigilante kasi baka meron na naman kandidato ma involve sa kanila.:sad:
wala din naman magawa mga pulis dito sa lugar na ito kasi puro pa japorms lang alam nila.

SunStar Cebu
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Girl, 19, resists cellphone robber, shot and wounded

PUBLIC appeal for lawmen to curb the spate of robberies obviously fell on deaf ears as another bloody heist occurred in broad daylight in Talisay City last Sunday.

This time, a daughter of Minglanilla Municipal Councilor Concordio Mejias was shot and wounded after she refused a lone robber from taking away her cellular phone around 2:45 p.m.

Tricia Mejias, 19, got shot below her chest and is now recuperating at a private hospital in Cebu City.

Concordio, in an interview, considered her daughter still lucky, as the slug did not pierce her heart.

He said the under wire of Tricia’s bra hindered the force of the bullet to penetrate into her heart.

As of yesterday morning, Tricia was already transferred to a recovery room after undergoing an operation to remove the slug from her body.

A police report said the victim was on her way to Cebu City aboard a multicab from Poblacion, Minglanilla town.

The suspect, whom the PNP initially identified as Toto Insik, then flagged down the multicab in Barangay Pakigne.

Upon reaching the Mananga Bridge, all the passengers were shocked when the suspect announced a heist. Some of them reportedly jumped off the multicab’s window.

In the face of danger, Tricia resisted the robber’s demand to hand over her cellular phone. They grappled for the item’s possession.

Witnesses said the grappling continued until the two had already alighted the multicab.

Unfortunately, no one came to the victim’s rescue until a shot rang out.

Carrying Tricia’s cellular phone, the armed suspect then fled towards Sitio Kawatan, the notorious hiding place of robbers in Sitio Tabunok, leaving behind the wounded victim.

Later, a collector of an appliance firm reportedly came to the aid of Tricia and helped ferry her to the Talisay City District Hospital.

Early last April, four persons lost their personal belongings such as phones and cash to robbers.

The City Government already provided the Talisay City Police Station (TCPS) with two Nissan Terrano patrol vehicles to curb the rising robbery incidents and other crimes.

But ordinary police operatives complained that they could not simply use the Terrano vehicles for patrolling, saying they must get an approval first from TCPS Chief Romeo Perigo.

Concerned Talisaynons are asking why the local police could not neutralize the presence of robbers in Talisay when their hiding place, Sitio Kawatan, has been known already.

“Those two Terrano vehicles are merely for display,” a source said. (GC)

nitrox920
05-02-2007, 05:48
today may2,2007. A mayor of bantayan island cebu who was running for councilor was shot dead in front of the cebu comelec office after hearing his disqualification case.

Police who were only a few meters away was not able to respond to the incident immediately. multiple shots were heard.

talking about the response time of some PNP personnel.

vega
05-02-2007, 20:11
Originally posted by nitrox920
today may2,2007. A mayor of bantayan island cebu who was running for councilor was shot dead in front of the cebu comelec office after hearing his disqualification case.
Yun ba ang parusa pag na-DQ? Kawawa naman yung tao, double DQ siya.

mikol
05-03-2007, 02:59
Armed robbery

"Last Sunday, Tricia Mejias, 19, was shot on her way to Cebu City when she refused to give her cell phone to a robber with a handgun. Her father Concordio, a Minglanilla councilor, said the wire of Tricia’s bra stopped the bullet from piercing her heart.

Don’t ask me how bras are made but Tricia was lucky her bra was wired. Otherwise, the shooting would have been fatal.

Bra makers can take a cue. They can produce bullet-proof bras that serve gender wile and personal safety."

Not a bad idea i guess..?? how about boxer shorts..?? ;) ;)

mikol
05-03-2007, 03:00
Originally posted by vega
Yun ba ang parusa pag na-DQ? Kawawa naman yung tao, double DQ siya.
yaiks!!! oo nga ano? ;)

nitrox920
05-04-2007, 19:24
bocuae bulacan
police escort of mayoralty candidate villanueva and Army trooper from the Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Battalion clashed last May 4 in Brgy Bunlo. 1 soldier killed

There goes the taxpayers money....

nitrox920
05-04-2007, 19:43
Mun.Polo Oriental Mindoro

Communist insurgents seized a town mayor of Oriental Mindoro and his two police bodyguards after killing his two military escort in a two hours shootout yesterday may 4,2007.

Kudos to them for making their last stand in the house of Dr. Leonidas Soria. They just ran out of ammo... what a loss...they stood their ground and fought to the last bullet.

Soria said the rebels sorrounded his house and took the mayor and the 2 police escort after killing the soldiers.....

this incident should have landed the frontpage..