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Metro Manila gun ban starts ahead of SONA

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded firearms owners that a gun ban is in effect in Metro Manila starting Friday, as part of security measures for the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on July 25.
PNP director for operations, Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon said the gun ban, which will last until July 27, coincided with the activation of the Task Force Manila Shield.
"We are asking for understanding from the public for the implementation of the strict security measures in Metro Manila starting today. These security measures are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone, especially since our Commander-in-Chief, President Bongbong Marcos, will discuss his plans for the country on Monday," de Leon said in a statement.
De Leon earlier warned that licensed firearms owners who are caught violating the gun ban may lose their privilege to own firearms perpetually.
"As responsible gun owners, you have the obligation to follow the rules and orders, especially those coming from the PNP, in order for you to avoid legal trouble and other consequences," he said.
De Leon, meanwhile, said the activation of the task force means more checkpoints would be set up at the borders of Metro Manila, especially in Quezon City where Marcos will deliver his SONA at the Batasang Pambansa.
Almost 22,000 police personnel and force multipliers are expected to secure the SONA. Their tasks include the maintenance of peace and order and ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
De Leon also urged organizers of protest actions for the SONA to cooperate with the security measures to prevent disturbance of traffic flow and public order on major roads in Quezon City.
"We have designated freedom parks where they can hold their activities even without permits." This is our way of recognizing their rights to assemble and air whatever their concerns are, " he said. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2022-Jul-22 13.07.28 UTC+0800