Lawmakers are in favor of a gun ban for a certain period even outside elecwhich goes beyond the elections as proposes by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Party-list Reps. Sitti Hataman of Anak Mindanao and Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption made the stance just days after the barangay elections was held last October 28.
“There should be stringent measures in the ownership and carrying of firearms because the state has the duty to protect its citizens,” Hataman said.
There are at least 30 people who were killed in election-related violence during the October 30 polls wherein there are 336,000 barangay chief and council posts up for grabs.
“A frequent implementation of a gun ban could drastically reduce crime rate,” Tugna, the House Deputy Majority Leader, pointed out.
Rep. Bolet Banal of Quezon City, for his part, noted that the gun ban implementation should be improved first before resoting to an extended gun ban.
“We have existing laws on the ownership and carriage of firearms but that the problem stems from the failure of the government agencies to implement the law. Worse, those caught violating the gun ban are the people who are supposed to carry out the ban: the members of the police force,” Banal argued.
“If we intend to reduce crime in the country, the law should be implemented one hundred percent,” Banal added. LLANESCA T. PANTI