Police set up Comelec checkpoints as election period begins

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2019 09:39 AM | Updated as of Jan 13 2019 07:02 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police set up checkpoints all over the country midnight Sunday to implement the Commission on Elections' gun ban and enforce stricter security at the start of the midterm election period.

Besides firearms, the gun ban also covers other deadly weapons like knives and other bladed weapons carried outside of work.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde and Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas inspected several checkpoints and said they were satisfied with the security arrangements.

Albayalde said motorists should immediately report any possible abuse at police checkpoints.

Policemen are only allowed to visually inspect private vehicles, noted Albayalde and Abas.

Motorists are “under no obligation” to open car windows or compartments as policemen were bound by the “plain-view doctrine,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez earlier said.

Motorcycle riders meanwhile are required to show the official receipt and certificate of their vehicle registration.

Police have identified 18 "areas of concern" that are not necessarily placed under Comelec control, Albayalde said.

Comelec checkpoints will be in place until June 12.

- with reports from Fred Cipres and Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News