2 Zambo city hall workers arrested for gun ban violation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/7 July)—Police arrested on Friday two city government project inspectors for violating the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In an en banc session on June 27, the Comelec promulgated Resolution 9479 that provides for the implementation of the gun ban from July 1 to 31 in the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and in seven non-ARMM areas.

The non-ARMM areas included in the gun ban implementation are the cities of Cotabato, Isabela and Zamboanga and the provinces of Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Zamboanga del Sur.

The gun ban implementation is in line with the new voters’ listing in ARMM, which groups the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, from July 9 to 18.

A report from the city police office said that Daris Francisco and Nelson Enriquez were arrested by policemen conducting a mobile checkpoint at around 4 p.m. Friday in Barangay Divisoria, this city.

Francisco and Enriquez worked as project inspectors at the City Engineer’s Office.

Confiscated from them were two caliber .45 pistols, the police said.

The police said that though they have a permit to carry (PTC) firearms, they don’t have an authorization from the Comelec.

All PTCs are deemed revoked in the duration of the Comelec gun ban, unless firearm owners get an exemption from the poll body. (Mindanews)