Quantcast
Latest Stories

Arroyo, US general exempted from gun ban

By

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has granted more than 400 exemptions from the election gun ban, including those for the security details of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and an American general, a Comelec official said Saturday.

Election Commissioner Elias Yusoph, head of the Comelec committee on the ban on firearms and security personnel, said the agency approved 434 exemptions out of 2,064 applications it received.

Applications that were denied included that of former National Bureau of Investigation Director Magtanggol Gatdula, he said.

“We cannot please everybody … we denied former NBI Director Gatdula’s application because he’s now a private individual. He can have a security detail but he applied for a personal exemption,” Yusoph said in an interview.

“If he wants a security detail, we can approve that but (not) a personal exemption because he’s no longer connected with the government,” he added.

Yusoph said the Comelec approved the applications of 10 foreign embassies, including one from the US Embassy for Gen. William Fraser III, head of the US Transportation Command, and for the Office of the Senior Defense Attache-Joint United States Military Assistance Group.

Also approved were applications from the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the consulate of Estonia, Yusoph said.

“We have deferred 289 applications for lack of requirements and requested the applicants to complete the requirements. We have released eight certificates of authority for diplomats but deferred two due to some requirements that are needed,” he said.

Yusoph said the Comelec also approved exemptions for the security details of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Francis Pangilinan and Ramon Revilla Jr., and for around 40 congressmen, including Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares and San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito.

When asked if Arroyo, now the representative from Pampanga’s second district but who is under hospital confinement, applied, Yusoph said: “She has applied. It was approved.”

Yusoph said the poll body also approved the applications of more than 100 security agencies that will provide security to candidates during the election period.

“We have approved a lot of them—111 so far.  We had 986 applications. There are many security agencies in the Philippines and some of them have up to 200 personnel,” he said.

Yusoph said 141 exemptions were also given to manufacturers and dealers of firearms.

“We do not stop these people from going about their business. We’ve granted 141 authorities to transport out of 334 applications,” he said.

As of Feb. 4, Yusoph said the police had arrested 487 persons for violating the election gun ban.

“There were 431 firearms and 2,278 other deadly weapons and gun parts confiscated. So this is helping solve our problem with loose firearms,” he said.

“It has reduced the crime rate, especially in the provinces, unlike in Metro Manila where lawless elements do not recognize the gun ban. It would be better if we have a gunless society. We can only have peace if there are no (loose) firearms,” he added.

Yusoph said the Comelec would continue to evaluate applications since the gun ban will run up to June 12.


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 elections , Comelec , election 2013 , Exemption , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo , Gun ban , 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
Advertisement
  1. Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  2. Name names, Lacson told
  3. Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  4. Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  5. Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  6. Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  9. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  10. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  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. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
Advertisement

News

  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Man found dead in Quezon City, alleged victim of summary execution–report
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement