MANILA - Philippine National Police has imposed a 15-day gun ban in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and related meetings.
Chief Supt. Valeriano De Leon of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office said Director General Ronald dela Rosa has approved the recommendation of the NCRPO to suspend the permit to carry firearms outside residence from November 1 to 15, 2017.
This means no one is allowed to bring their firearms outside the house within the said areas.
"This will be strictly implemented, lalo na kapag nandito na ang ating heads of states," De Leon said during an interview.
He said the gun ban would strengthen security measures being implemented for the ASEAN Summit, which will be attended by visiting heads of states, their spouses, and other delegates.
"Our primordial concern here is to make sure that our visitors are safe and that only authorized personnel are allowed to carry firearms," De Leon said.
Only on-duty law enforcers who are in complete uniform are allowed to carry their firearms during the gun ban.
Police checkpoints will stay to ensure peace and order, especially in the metropolis, added De Leon.
"Kung may mahuli, kailangan nilang magpakita ng kaukulang papeles," he said.