DAVAO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) approved a month-long gun ban here, while Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued a shoot-to-kill order against gun-wielders who threaten the lives of Dabawenyos.
The Davao City Peace and Order Council earlier passed a resolution asking the PNP for the month-long gun ban. The city's request was in relation to the city's 75th Founding Anniversary or Araw ng Davao celebration.
In a memorandum dated March 7, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome directed the Police Regional Office Davao Region (PRO 11) and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to implement the 31-day gun ban in the city, starting on March 1.
Bartolome also ordered to set up more checkpoints and intensify the Oplan Bakal campaign to confiscate more illegal firearms.
PRO spokesperson Police Superintendent Marcial Magistrado said all permits to carry firearms are temporarily suspended until March 31.
"This is part of the security preparations to ensure that the celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw will be free from firearm-related incidents and safe for the populace and tourists," Magistrado said.
He said only members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies, who are performing official duties and are wearing agency-prescribed uniforms, are allowed to carry firearms within Davao City.
Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, ordered the authorities to go after all who are outside their residence and suspected to be carrying a gun.
"Arrest and prosecute or shoot to kill if the lives of the public are in danger during apprehension," the city mayor said.
Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, however, expressed his opposition to the gun ban, saying that such move would only benefit the criminals who bring their unlicensed firearms with or without a gun ban. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)