BALER, Aurora-The security forces in the province of Aurora together with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) intensified checkpoints as part of security measures in preparation for the May 9, national and local elections.
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army said that a gun ban would take effect at 12:01 a.m. of January 9 and end on June 8, 2022 wherein all of his men and women in uniform are in a full alert province-wide.
Rubio together with Police Colonel Julio S.Lizardo, Provincial Director Aurora Police Provincial Office (APPO), LTJG JOHNSON SAN JUAN, Station Commander, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Aurora, and lawyer Rene P. Cruz Jr, Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Aurora facilitated and supervised the launching of joint COMELEC AFP-PNP-PCG checkpoint at Sitio Canili, Barangay San Juan, Maria Aurora, Aurora on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 12:01 in the morning.
He added that Comelec checkpoints were already set up in each municipality to ensure the safety of the people of Aurora.
“We are committed to supporting the Comelec in strictly adhering to the guidelines on the establishment and operation of Comelec checkpoints in the whole province in coordination with the designated election officer (EO) in the area,” Rubio said.
He reminded the public that during the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places including any building, street, park private vehicles, or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same unless authorized in writing by the Comelec.