The Commission on Elections or comelec adopted its resolution related to the implementation rules of the gun ban for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections or BSKE, to be held on October 30, 2023.
This is the content of Comelec Resolution No. 10918 or the Rules and Regulations on carrying firearms and other deadly weapons and hiring security personnel and bodyguards during BSKE.
Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino leads as Chairperson the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns or CBFSC, which will issue the Certificates of Authority or CA and will be responsible for implementing the rules for obtaining the gun ban exemption.
The Comelec said the gun ban would be implemented from August 28, 2023, to November 29, 2023.
During the time the gun ban exists, the Comelec said, only those who will be allowed to carry firearms have a gun ban exemption from the CBFSC.
During the gun ban, carrying any guns and firearms outside the home or business establishments and public places is prohibited.
Hiring the services of security personnel and bodyguards and the transportation of firearms and explosives are also prohibited.
The Comelec stressed that anyone who violates this during the election would face an Election Offense with imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than six years.
Comelec solidifies rules for gun ban implementation
Those found guilty will also be barred from holding any government office and unable to vote.
When the gun ban violator is a foreign national, he faces deportation after serving the maximum prison term.
CBFSC started accepting applications for Certificate of Authority for Gun Ban exemption on June 5, 2023, and will end on November 15, 2023.
“On June 5, we will be starting to accept applications for certificates of authority for all categories. For the first time we will be opening the acceptance of applications earlier,” Ferolino said in a press conference.
“Noong nakaraang election we start in December but we found it proper to open earlier to address the complaints for delay of some applicants. Inagahan natin ng 2-months.”
According to the Comelec, you can email their official website www.comelec.gov.ph under the Gun Ban Exemption Application link.