Police Regional Office 12- Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) of PRO 12 reported no risks nor significant incidents during the 1st day of PNP-COMELEC-AFP joint efforts on Election Gun Ban Checkpoints on January 9, 2022.Prohibition on carrying of firearms by unauthorized individuals is effective on Sunday, January 9, 2022 until June 8, 2022 in connection with the National and Local Elections on May 9, 2022.
PBGEN ALEXANDER C TAGUM, Regional Director, said that PRO 12 personnel were readied for the coming of nationwide election gun ban and everything went well in the inspection process. He also reminded that civilians are prohibited from bringing their firearms outside, except for those who have secured their valid Certificate of Authority from the Committee on Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns.
Under the COMELEC Resolution No. 10741, a COMELEC checkpoint must be well-lighted, manned by uniformed personnel, must have an appropriate signage to inform the motorists and must bear the name of the Chief of Police in the area.
The search which is normally permissible is limited to visual search without opening the car’s door, glove compartment, trunk and bags.
In case of disobedience of suspected motorists or has a reasonable ground to believe that a person has just committed, about to commit, or is actually committing an offense, the PNP personnel will be made to usher further search.
Any untoward incident in the COMELEC checkpoint must be reported to the appropriate City or Municipal Joint Security Control Centers (C/M JSCC), or to the nearest police stations.
They may also coordinate with the ACT-ion AGAD 24/SMS hotline service with respective numbers as follows:
PRO 12 Headquarters 0946-9664-665 / 0945-5211-662
General Santos City 0998-5987-207
Sarangani 0909-8619-676 / 0998-5987-247
South Cotabato 0998-5987-228
Sultan Kudarat 0930-8541-481
RMFB 12 0945-1453-924 / 0998-5987-146