THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has suspended the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) nationwide as part of the security measures for the eight-day filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) across the country.
PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the suspension of the PTCFOR took effect midnight of September 30 until 7 a.m. of October 9, 2021.
“This is to ensure that the filing of COCs from October 1 to October 8 will be free from firearms-related incidents and to ensure the safety of the populace,” said PGen Eleazar.
He added that only members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies on official duty and wearing agency-prescribed uniforms will be allowed to carry firearms.
The implementation of the gun ban was based on the PNP Memorandum Circular entitled Guidelines and Procedures in Securing the Conduct of the 2022 National and Local Elections and the letter request from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
PGen Eleazar said the gun ban will be reinforced by aggressive conduct of police operations against loose firearms and members of partisan armed groups who may carry out violence due to intense political rivalry.
He earlier ordered advanced security preparations for the local and national elections in May next year. This include intelligence-gathering, monitoring and background check of areas with history of election violence.
“I have already directed all police commanders to maximize the use of their social media accounts and coordination with the media and the communities for the dissemination of this information in order to avoid unnecessary troubles especially for responsible gun owners,” he added.