Two persons were arrested by police operatives on the first day of the COMELEC gun ban last January 13, the start of the election period here.
The police identified the two as Feliciano Ladiong and Nicanor Tagatag, who were found in possession of .45 and .380 pistols, respectively, in separate police operations. They are now facing charges.
Solbita appealed to the public to cooperate with police officers conducting checkpoints, as he reminded the police to observe the Plain View Doctrine during check-point inspections.
“Let us understand that the gun ban is part of the moves imposed by COMELEC to ensure orderly and peaceful conduct of elections,” he said.
Solbita disclosed there is no indication from both the Army and the police that the province will be marked as ‘election hotspot’ in the May 2019 midterm elections.
Last Sunday, January 13, candidates here signed a covenant supporting the holding of peaceful and orderly May polls.
Based on COMELEC calendar, the campaign period for senators starts February 12 to May 11 and from March 29 to May 11 for local positions. By Larry T. Lopez (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)