Gun ban covers Aquino, too, says Comelec


Until the five-month gun ban period is over, it looks like President Aquino will just have to settle with playing video games to sharpen his shooting skills.

Shootfests and other activities that involve firing guns are prohibited once the gun ban takes effect on Jan. 13, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“While our resolution made no mention about shootfests, the wisdom and morality of it is that they are banned, they are not tolerated because the use of guns are not allowed during the election period,” Election Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said on the phone.

Comelec Resolution No. 9561 prohibits anyone from carrying firearms outside residences and in places of business unless authorized in writing by the election body.

The ban also covers airguns, airsoft guns or replicas of firearms “in whatever form that can cause an extraordinary person to believe that they are real,” according to Comelec rules.

Other deadly weapons, too

Deadly weapons such as bladed instruments, hand grenades and explosives,  except pyrotechnics, are included in the ban.

Asked if the President, a gun enthusiast who won the championship trophy in a recent shooting competition with police and military officials, was exempted from the ban, Sarmiento said: “No one is above the law.”

“Even us in the Comelec, it is already a given that we cannot join or hold shootfests once the election gun ban becomes effective,” he said.

Asked what the Comelec would do if Mr. Aquino fired a gun during the ban, Sarmiento said: “Theoretically, the rule of law has to be observed. No one, no matter how mighty and powerful, is above the law.”

Presidential guards

Talking with reporters, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Mr. Aquino was not automatically covered by the exemption.

“We give exemption more (to) the security rather than the person himself. Which means if you are the Senate President, you won’t be given exemption but your security [will be]. That’s the rule,” Brillantes explained.

Even the Presidential Security Group does not get an automatic exemption, he said. “They would have to apply and we have to approve their application,” he said.

Brillantes also said the Comelec en banc was seriously considering making amendments to the gun ban rule if only to make them clearer.

Embassies want exemptions

Brillantes disclosed that the poll body was already swamped with queries from people about whether they were covered by the exemption.

“We are still talking about what amendments to make … but there are already about 1,000 people applying for an exemption,” he said.

A check showed that Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Public Attorneys’ Office chief Persida Acosta and Zamboanga Del Norte Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos were among those seeking exemption from the gun ban.

The embassies of the United States, Pakistan, Vietnam and Iraq, as well as Gambian Consul Agnes Heibonhoa also asked for exemption.

Who are exempted

Among those regularly excluded from the gun ban are members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Customs’ intelligence, investigation and customs police divisions;

Philippine Ports Authority; Bureau of Immigration’s investigation and intelligence divisions; police forces of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Manila International Airport Authority and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority and the law enforcement service of the Land Transportation Office.

The list also included the police force of Cebu Port Authority; the internal security operations group of the Department of Justice Witness Protection Program; agents of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Optical Media Board; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ security investigation and transport department and cash department;

The Office of the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate and Congress; inspection service of the Philippine Postal Corporation; members of the Comelec; National Police Commission; forest and park rangers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Office of Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs; Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency;

Philippine Center for Transnational Crime; Presidential Security Group; National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units.

For this year’s elections, the Comelec also extended the exemption to the internal security Offices of the Vice President, Secretary of Interior and Local Government and National Defense; state, regional, provincial and city prosecutors of the Department of Justice, internal security division of the Bureau of Treasury and the agents of the Bureau of Corrections.

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  • 3_feathers

    At as tinggin nyo, sino maghoholdup as presidente? Kaya nga mga tao kumukuha ng PTC para proteksyonan ang sarili dahil ang ordinaryong sibilyan walang escort at psg na kasabay. Police nga sangkot sa crimen, aba, gumising nga kayo!

    “why do I carry a gun? Because I cannot carry a policeman”

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      It’s the result of the most “excelent” logic in the world—-that during elections and outside his home the ordinary Filipino citizen has no right to protect himself with the use of a gun  and that he need not worry about his safety for after all outside his home it is safer because only the police and other government personnel will be carrying guns and that he can trust criminals will obey the gun ban because criminals are law-abiding people.

      • John Simon Yap


      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


      • Facilitator1

        Natumbok mo Kabayan…LOL

        On the bright side, maybe there’s NO NEWS-WORTHY event ngayon so kung ano-ano sinusulat ng mga PDI correspondents (kung pagkain ito kulang sa sangkap) at inaaprub kaagad ng PDI leadership…

        Baka ito ang mission statement ng PDI: QUANTITY instead of QUALITY news…PEACE

        Pero sabi nga nila, NO NEWS is GOOD NEWS…

      • Mamang Pulis

        Ngayun maniniwala na ako—

        ang PDI—

        lahat sila may hepatitis P

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       true enough.


    The Comelec is correct to say that PNOY is covered by the Gun Ban, BUT they also stressed that  some can carry with Comelec authorization. Still PNOY can enjoy.

  • $18209031

    Kasama ba ang mga kongressmen dyan like Pacquao who owns plenty of high powered firearms.

  • dennis

    “Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Mr. Aquino was not automatically covered by the exemption.”
    I´m not against if our President himself carries gun for personal protection.In my opinion,Our President is ALLOWED to carry firearms because he is the “COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF AFP”.He has a power to exercise a direct order to his subordinates like Chief of Staff and other branches of Military.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       but the AFP has to apply for an exemption during the election ban, especially if they are going in to the cities or metro areas.

  • John Simon Yap

    INstead of gun ban, put up increased checkpoints. those who are carrying legally will cooperate, those who are not will get caught. if LTO has txt confirmation of plate numbers where you can txt LTO and they’ll reply if a car is stolen or the plate doesn’t match the make or model of the vehicle, dapat PNP FED should have this service to check on valid ptt, ptc and license. 

    and if the comelec is only trying to prevent election-by-gun, disallow only those who are running for office. not the honest citizen who is now vulnerable to crminals. wow, i just imagined what it will be like if during a political rally, only the candidate and his goons are unarmed, mawawala ang yabang ng big-time politician. he’ll really become a servant of the people, begging for a job. paano kaya kung meron question and answer, parang job interview. Another idea, what if while in office ang official lang ang may gun ban. Person of public office won’t be allowed to carry. Bigla na lang mawawala ang incentive to be corrupt kasi baka sakalin ng constituents if kumupit sa bulsa ng bayan.

  • LucianoChing

    Would you consider this Comelec announcement a news?That the President is also covered by the gun ban?It shows even the writer not having enough things to do or decent enough articles to write…Pnoy is the President and Commander in Chief of the AFP.If he applies for exemption.will the Comelec refuse his request?Also,why write this article in the first place?Everybody know that no one is above the law….Miss Uy,if you have nothing good to contribute,please don’t do it to PDI..

  • Loggnat

    Brillantes is supposed to be a brilliant lawyer??? How can he even think that the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of the Philippines is not exempted from the gun ban. And also the presidential guard which are all members of the Law enforcement and Military are not exempted either. hehehehe. I wonder what has Brillantes been smoking lately.

  • eirons1043

    The comelec announcement that Noy is covered by  gun ban is ridiculous and senseless.  If Brillantes actually issued that statement the sovereign people should kick him out of office pronto for gross stup….ty. And also the comelec conclusion that during election only those authorized to carry guns are roaming the country is too mind boggling.

  • Gilberto

    regarding gun ban, who do you think or have the guts to arrest/apprehend pnoy now when he practice firing?  sige daw mr.  comelec.

  • divictes

    Pnoy is commander-in-chief of the AFP, who’s going to complain if he tucks a howitzer?

  • Alisto Juan

    Hoy 62, mag isip ka muna bago magsalita, lokohin mo ang ——. Sinong sisita sa El Presidente. . 

  • Jose Rizal

    Naku, papaano na iyan…wala na siyang therapy session at outlet…
    Hahahahahaha! Ang matatalinong Pinoy naloko lang ng isang abnoy!

  • Alfred A

    A cheap propaganda.. who cares….. Sino ang loko-loko na dadakip ni Pnoy if he is carrying a gun? Wag mo kaming utohin….

  • virgoyap

    Mga matang lawin be alert, let’s see if our President P-Noy will follow Comelec’s order on gun ban.

  • farmerpo

    ‘Among those regularly excluded from the gun ban are members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines……..’ and the Commander in Chief is not exempt?????? Are you on something or just plain air drying your shirt, Sir Brilliantes???  The statement is a no brainer and to imagine it coming from a brilliant person…. hmm, ksp na ba?

  • Rolly257

    No one is above the law…pero nuong ilang panahong nagdaan, wala man lang kayong nakasuhan.

  • kilabot

    what? is noykapon into video games? 

    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert.

  • Mamang Pulis

    Ang MILF / MNLF at NPA ba sinasaklawan ng gun ban?

    Ang OA ng title nyo–

  • Garo Ungaro

    Until such time that We can recognize, respect, discipline what is the law, then there will be change. meantime its status quo….the game is on….

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