Aquino seeks poll gun ban exemption


The gun enthusiast that he is, President Aquino has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for a “personal” exemption from the election gun ban, an election official said yesterday.

Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph said the poll body on Thursday morning received a letter from Mr. Aquino, who asked that he be allowed to carry around a “short firearm” during the elections.

“He is asking for a personal exemption for his short firearm. He will go through the same process. No special treatment, just the same treatment as the others,” Yusoph said in an interview.

On Tuesday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. hinted that the President might not get exempted from the election gun ban, which begins on Jan. 13 and ends on June 12.

He said the Comelec exempted the security detail of ranking government officials but not the officials themselves.

Asked about this, Yusoph said: “That’s why we will evaluate…. But also, that is why he [Mr. Aquino] has the PSG (Presidential Security Group) to secure him anyway.”

Brillantes said the security detail of key offices like the Office of the President, Supreme Court, or law enforcement agents could be exempted from the gun ban but they still have to formally apply in the Comelec.

Comelec Resolution No. 9561 prohibits anyone from carrying firearms outside homes and 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 ordinary person to believe that they are real. Also banned are shootfests.

Any violation of the ban is considered an election offense punishable by up to six years in prison and disqualification from holding public office.

‘Bang before ban’

In Villasis, Pangasinan province, top officials of the Comelec participated in a shootfest on Thursday, three days before imposing the gun ban.

Brillantes joked that the 7th Commissioner Armando Velasco Cup, an invitational shooting competition that was joined by four Comelec regional directors, should be called the “bang before the ban.”

Velasco, a former Comelec director in the Cordillera, is scheduled to retire next month.

Brillantes, who opened the competition, took the first shot using a revolver. He and Velasco were the only poll commissioners at the event.

There are proposals for a total gun ban because of the death of 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella of Caloocan City due to a stray bullet during the New Year’s Eve revelry, the massacre of eight people, including children, by a gunman on Jan. 4 in Cavite, and the supposed shootout in Quezon on Jan. 6 that left 13 people dead, including police officers.

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  • Your_King

    Abuse of power anyone?

    • SimounIbarra

      Abuse of power? Asking for an exception is an abuse of power? Buti nga nanghihingi pa siya ng permission eh. Kung yung iba yan, taas noo pa lalabag.

      BTW, do you know the difference of “asking for  exception” and “demanding for  exception”? 

      • Your_King

        I don’t think Aquino knows the difference between asking and demanding. His style is, he asks and if it is not granted he attacks. So there is no distinction, the point is do not go against Aquino.

  • Tristanism

    I don’t see the logic. If a person is allowed to have bodyguards (PSGs in this care) – hinting that danger to life and limb is present – why not allow him to carry a gun or a permit to carry one? Further, he is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, so that makes him some sort of member of the ARMED forces, too, right?

    Please note that this does not condone gun ownership per se (nor condemn it, wherever your sentiments lie), I merely seek clarification on the logic used.

    • Mux

       Why would he need his own gun since he already has armed bodyguards? Doesn’t he trust his own bodyguards?

      • Tristanism

        This is not about Aquino. This is about the position — Commander in Chief of the AFP.

        Would it be illogical to allow the head of the armed forces to own a gun? Again, this is not about Aquino.

      • Mux

        He may be the Commander in Chief but he is still a Civilian bound by civilian laws.

      • Tristanism

        And the law grants members of the armed forces the right to bear arms, so to speak.

  • ITT_Co_Makati

    Huwag payagan maglaro si PNoy ng baril barilan, dapat magtrabaho siya, sayang ang binabayad sa kanya.

  • Ronald

    Mahilig talaga sa baril si Noynoy.

    • Trollollolloll

      baka ginagawang sex toy.

  • Hey_Dudes

    What Comelec is saying is, in the event someone or a group of persons try to waylay the president in one of his sorties during the gun ban period, let his bodyguards deal with it while he hide in the car or pretend to be dead.

    This lunacy seems to have no end. We all know,  in spite this brouhaha, every elections is attended by violence where guns are involved?  Tell me, has there ever been an election in the country where no one died from gun related violence?  Why impose such restrictions where you know will be ignored by those hellbent in using guns to kill people they don’t want to win?

    We are such a petty country. The fact the president of the country would need to request exemption from the gun ban demonstrate this.

    • c7cinbox

      you hit it right. wala namang nagagawa ang otoridad if someone carries his firearm. if i remember right, comelec din yata yung nag-sabi na they don’t have the time and personnel to prosecute those violators. this gun ban policy during election only is really disgusting and a product of a lunatic mind. strict enforcement of the law is needed not only during election time as far as firearms is concerned.

  • Garo Ungaro

    The nature of the reality is If the president request gun ban exemption means that the violence in the country is un abated…Its very clear that its not easy to control gun violence…If the president requested that, how much more the safety of the main public?…

  • RyanE

    Hmm.. is a brigade of PSG not enough to secure the President? or is it that PNoy lacks trust and confidence in his own security group?

  • $17531445

    When the master of the house asks a househelp  to fetch his slippers and, please, no special treatment, would you believe it?

  • speaksoftlylove

    Kung ano ano na lang kabulastugan o pakulo ang ginagawa ng tinamaan ng magaling. Presidente ka hihingi ka ng gun ban exemption? Hindi yata naintindihan ni PNoy na Commander in Chief of All Armed Forces of the Philippines siya, anong gun ban exemption ang pinaghihingi nito? Hoy PNoy kahit nuclear head pa ang dadalhin mo, walang huhuli sayo. Another clear proof that there is nothing inside the head of this despicable supposed to be leader.

  • milespacker

    Pnoy is just humble and setting a good example. If that was the ex-FG Mike Arroyo, siguro sinabon pa niya and COMELEC.

    Medyo power-tripping naman itong si Yusoph, why doesn’t he just extend the courtesy to the President without drama. What’s Pnoy going to do, assasinate a barangay captain?

    What are they going to do, stop the President at a checkpoint?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Just imagine the lunacy of this Comelec.  Not only are guns going to be banned months before and after election, it also wants to ban liquor and any kind of outdoor activities during the period?  Who thinks of all these craziness?  Instead of putting their efforts in concentrating no politicians will cheat, no teacher poll takers and watchers are killed by insurgents, no ballot switching and most of all ensuring the voting machine is error free, they think of these silliness?

  • Trollollolloll

    Ayan na. Personal exemption? Ang tawag diyan duling na daan.

    • SimounIbarra

      Duling na daan?! Buti nga nanghihingi pa siya ng exemption eh. Kung yung iba yan, wala nang tanong tanong.

      • Trollollolloll

        Ang batas ay batas. Ang bawal bawal. Period.

        Para mo na rin pinuri ang magnanakaw na nagpaalam muna.

      • etomacq

        Pautot lang yan. pa-etching na sumusunod lang si Noynoy sa COMOLECT. Publicity lang yan. Mga engot lang maniniwala dyan.

  • Asiong

    G@go talaga tong presidente na toh, tuwid na daan tapos exception, dapat barilin nalang nya natitira nyang bayag.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Comelec either says, “Denied, Applicant Just Paranoid” or “Approved, Without Thinking.”

  • Fulpol

    personal exemption… WTF…

    he has body guards…. can’t he trust the PSG?

    …. the “wang wang” of BS Aquino III…

  • speaksoftlylove

    The other website now headlines a story where the Comelec said that “as Commander in Chief PNoy is presumed exempted from gun ban” practically similar to what I posted focusing on the words “Commander in Chief.” Some blogger defended PNoy that allegedly PNoy was just setting an example. What kind of example is this? An example of cluelessness? If he was following an advise then that adviser is either making a fool out of him or as clueless as him whom he should fire as soon as possible. But this does not diminish the fact that there is nothing inside between his ears. For why should he follow a nonsensical advise if he understands what it means? Wala ka talagang maasahan sa mamang ito. Umaasa lang kasi kung sinong malakas bumulong kaya walang cabinet meeting. Hindi man lang niya napupuna na pinaiikot na siya ng lahat na nakapaligid sa kanya. Tingnan mo yang Atimonan masaccre, di mo malaman kung sinong may utak. Si Ochoa ang Crime Czar pero under naman ni Roxas ang PNP dahil siya ang DILG Secretary. We will just be contended with counting dead bodies on this ongoing warfare and jueteng busniess venture between the Samar and the Balay Group.

  • Pluma Mana

    langya naman! sa wang wang ban wala exemption…tapos sa gun ban may exemption!

    sigurado yan yun ibang mga gun owners hihingi rin ng exemption…

    tayong mga non-gun owners hingi rin tayo exemption…that is exemption from gunshots.

  • dennis

    Sa ganitong situwasyon ng Pilipinas,i think na karapatan ng mga non-gun owners na gawing legal ang pagbebenta ng Pepper Spray,Stun gun like electric shock device and bullet proof for self defense and protection naman kung ganun ang mangyayari.THERE SHALL BE NO VIOLATION TO DEFEND ONESELF! Everybody has a right to exist!

  • buttones

    He has a Presidential Security Group anyway! Does he carry a gun now? Or does he want it so he can go to the gun club on weekends? Jeez!

  • dennis

    Pwede naman na magsuot ng BULLETPROOF si Pnoy! Why there is a need to seek an exemption? He knows his status.Besides,kung Presidente ka at may hawak kang baril eh sino naman ang mangangahas na hulihin siya “on the spot”?

  • intsikbeho

    i would also like to request for an excemption

  • themask celestial

    Unfair naman yun, lahat tayos armasan na, matira ang matibay

  • disqusted0fu

    As usual, Pnoy wants to be above the law. What is his reason for asking exemption?

    It will be hard for Comelec to deny his request though since they know that the number one rule in this administration is to not oppose Pnoy’s desires.

  • Vic Sapio

    Doubling the effort of going after loose firearms is best in minimizing grizzly crimes !

  • maypakialamtayo

    hindi ko lubos maisip bakit kailangang kumuha sya ng gun ban exemption samantalang sya itong   commander-in-chief, kaya mo kayang harangin sa check point ang convoy ng pangulo? sitahin ang psg at silipin kung may bitbit na baril ang pangulo, gawain lang yan ng nagba-bait-baitan.

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