• Poll period starts Sunday, PNP rolls out checkpoints

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said they are ready to roll out several police checkpoints across the country this Sunday, start of election period for the 2016 polls, a senior police official said.

    The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, told a news briefing on Thursday that the public should expect to see checkpoints in strategic locations in the weekend as the police also begin implementation of the election gun ban.

    The election period for the synchronized national and local elections begins on January 10 and will last up to June 8, 2016 or 120 days before and 30 days after the May 9 polls.

    During that period, the PNP spokesman said carrying of firearms is strictly prohibited by law unless authorized by written consent from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

    Mayor added that the checkpoints to be rolled out will be manned by at least three police officers led by an inspector and will be under the supervision of a Comelec officer.

    “The checkpoints should be set up in a well-lighted place and manned by a uniform personnel led by an inspector and under supervision of a Comelec officer,” Mayor explained in the news briefing.

    The PNP spokesman asked the public that would be inconvenienced by these checkpoints for their patience and sought their cooperation.

    He urged the people to take videos or photos if they notice anything unusual in the checkpoints.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

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