MANILA, Philippines – Police have already arrested a man in Pasay City on the first day of the implementation of the nationwide gun ban.
A certain Bernato Daria was caught peeing on the wall along EDSA-M. Dela Cruz extension on Sunday.
When authorities approached and searched Daria, they were able to confiscate from him a hand grenade.
Daria will be charged with illegal possession of explosives.
The nationwide gun ban took effect today to mark the start of the election period.
In line with this, Comelec Chairman Sixtro Brillantes conducted inspections in several checkpoints put up by authorities.
To ensure that traffic will flow smoothly, inspections will not take longer than 10 seconds, authorities said.
Police also reminded the public on what to look out for to determine if a checkpoint is legitimate. Police said the checkpoint should be at a well-lit area. It should also carry signage that bears the name of the PNP team leader and Comelec officer.
Motorists should also see a clearly marked police vehicle.
"Wala na pong tanong tanong kung anu-ano. Ang emphasis po namin ay plain view doctrine. Hindi sila puwedeng maghalughog, maglagay ng flashlights sa mga upuan. Hindi pwedeng buksan yung truck at bag," said Senior Superintendent Ronald Estilles of the Manila Police District.
Those manning the checkpoints are also relying on technology to avoid abuses.
"Mayroon po kaming new innovation sa Manila Police District. We are using video cam. Maglalagay po tayo ng pulis na magvi-video cam yung mga magco-conduct ng checkpoint so kung may magrereklamo irereview natin yung video," he explained. - reports from ANC and dzMM