Latest Stories

QC official wants all village chiefs in his city to be exempted from gun ban


MANILA, Philippines — A Quezon City councilor sought the exemption of all barangay (village) chairmen in the city from the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), claiming that the village chiefs should be considered law enforcers exposed to dangerous criminals.

“If criminals have their guns, why can’t we have ours?” was basically the argument raised by ex-officio councilor and Liga ng mga Barangay president Ranulfo Ludovica in seeking a council resolution for the exemption.

Ludovica proposed a resolution that would urge Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes to exempt all barangay chairpersons, who are licensed gun holders or permitted to carry their firearms outside of residence, from the gun prohibition.

In pushing for the exemption, he cited a Local Government Code provision, which listed a barangay chairperson as among persons in authority entitled to possess and carry firearms within their territorial jurisdiction. He claimed that the Comelec resolution on the gun ban “adversely affects” the provision.

“Needless to say, as Barangay Chief Executive, all punong barangay are frontliners in the delivery of public services because of their direct contact and interaction with the people and one of their enormous tasks is the maintenance of peace and order,” Ludovica said.

He claimed that because of the limited number of law enforcers to ensure peace and order, the barangay heads are prompted to assume the duties of police officers.

As law enforcers, he maintained, barangay chiefs should also be afforded the privilege of automatic exemption from the gun ban.

“In going after the criminals, it is inevitable that punong barangays are encountering notorious people and criminal syndicates, which always put their lives and their families in danger. In fact, receiving death threats is becoming part of their everyday life,” Ludovica pointed out.

He further said, “If the lawless elements, such as the thieves and bank robbers, [carjacking] and kidnapping groups, guns-for-hire and the like, could freely possess firearms and commit crimes even in broad daylight with impunity, it is with more reason that a punong barangay who is a public servant and clothed with police power be allowed to possess and carry firearms in the pursuit of their sworn duties and as a matter of self-defense and protection.”

In seeking the exemption, Ludovica added that barangay chairpersons are law-abiding citizens and responsible gun holders who will not abuse the privilege.

He remarked, “While the gun ban policy is laudable and helpful to curb election-related violence, the proliferation of illegal and loose firearms must be considered in the regulation of gun holding as good people deserve better and adequate protection than heartless criminals.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Barangay , barangay chairmen , City Council , election gun ban , election period , Elections , Liga ng mga Barangay , Metro , News , Peace and Order , Quezon City , Ranulfo Ludovica , Security

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Gigi Reyes back to face charges
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  4. SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams
  5. Senator Pimentel backs German think tank’s stand vs dynasties
  6. Bar proctor suspended for photographing test papers
  7. Collector Danny Garcia says Inquirer worth more than news
  8. Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  9. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • 2 teenagers killed in Mlang, North Cotabato
  • No sympathy from North Korea over ferry disaster
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • De Lima on Gigi Reyes: Let’s wait and see
  • South Korean relatives divided over whether to raise ferry
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Lifestyle

  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace