PNP implements gun ban anew

MGen. Valeriano de Leon. Screengrab from PNP Press Briefing

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it will implement a gun ban for the inaugurations of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.

MGen. Valeriano de Leon, PNP director for operations, said the gun ban will be implemented in Davao Region from June 16 to 21 for the inauguration of Duterte-Carpio in Davao City on June 19.

Meanwhile, for Marcos' inaugural ceremony on June 30, the gun ban is effective from June 27 to July 2 in Metro Manila.

“That [gun ban] is three days before [the event] and two days [after the event] because we have clearing areas… if ever there is an incident that warrants investigation,” de Leon said.

“That was our recommendation that was approved [by PNP officer in charge LtGen. Vicente Danao Jr.],” he added.

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On the other hand, PNP spokesman Col. Jean Fajardo said that 3,500 to 3,700 personnel will be deployed in Davao City. For the inauguration of Marcos, they will deploy some 6,500 to 7,000 personnel.

De Leon quickly doused speculations that the gun ban was due to a looming threat on the events.

He said that it is just best that the PNP stays vigilant.

He called on all supporters who wish to attend the inauguration to bring small and transparent bags for essentials.

He also cautioned those who are not feeling well.

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