Day-time checkpoints eyed during election period


One of the checkpoints set up in Metro Manila in connection with the five-month election gun ban. RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered checkpoints during the day to enforce the election gun ban.

Contrary to the practice of holding checkpoints at night, Purisima said field reports so far showed that most violators were captured during the day.

“Our order to our station commanders and chiefs of police is to conduct random checkpoints even during the day,” Purisima said in a radio interview Sunday.

“This order is based on the assessment of our staff in Camp Crame that most of the apprehensions made in checkpoints do not occur in the afternoon until midnight,” he added.

The PNP chief said he also ordered police officers in checkpoints to concentrate on all kinds of vehicles and not only on motorcycles.

Motorcycles are the focus of checkpoints due to the observation that many crimes are committed by those riding-in-tandem for easier getaway.

Purisima said they have been reassessing their checkpoint plans after the numbers debunked the notion that most crimes happened at night.

“That’s why it’s very important for our police officers to correctly report the time of occurrence of crimes so we can assess the deployment of our police force,” he said.

For the May 13, 2013 midterm election, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) imposed a gun ban from January 13 to June 13 to reduce election-related violence.

All permit to carry firearms outside residence are suspended during the gun ban period.

Only security personnel with Comelec gun ban exemptions are allowed to carry firearms.

Carrying, bearing and transporting of firearms, ammunition and deadly weapons during the election period are punishable with one to six years imprisonment.

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  • Melvin

    Dapat din pagaralaan ng mga pulis ang body language ng mga kriminal. Sa kanilang pagmamasid sa kanilang checkpoints, marunong din sana silang kumilatis ng tao sa pamamagitan ng kanilang;
    Facial Expression and Eye Contact – One’s disagreement or agreement is reflected on one’s face. Your face is the mirror of your inner emotions such as anger, fear or sadness. Facial expressions reveal one’s feelings in a given situation. Another important body language tool is eye contact. If a person makes eye contact with you, it is a definite sign of interest. However, if his eyes are downcast, he is likely to be hiding something or it could be guilt…

    • bornok0930

      Matagal na po namin yan ginagawa.. pag observe ng facial expressions, eye contact, perspirations, stuttering, etc, etc… E kahit nagmamanifest na sya ng mga ganung mga signs, plain view doctrine pa rin po. We are not allowed to body frisk, di pwede magpa bukas ng u-box ng mc. Yung mga four-wheel vehicles naman kung ayaw mag bukas ng bintana wala kaming magagawa. Kahit positive ka na may laman o dala ang tao di pwedeng pwersahin kasi kami naman ang pwedeng kasuhan. Mga matatalino kasi ang gumawa na comelec laws regarding gun ban checkpoints. tapos sila pa ang may lakas na loob na mag sabi na di effective ang checkpoints… tuwang tuwa ang mga kriminal ngayon at kakampi na naman nila ang comelec.

  • patrickinca

     Do not vote on the May Election. For those PCOS machines are already been rigged or through the globe network. So Stop wasting your time.

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