By Ivy C. Tejano
Friday, June 22, 2012
DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will request anew the Philippine National Police (PNP) to declare a localized gun ban in Davao City during the month-long celebration of the 27th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival in August.
In a Davao City Peace and Order Council (DCPOC) second quarter meeting at Grand Men Seng Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, Duterte, who is also the DCPOC chief, approved the resolution proposed by members of the multi-sectoral peace council that seeks to implement a localized gun ban during the festival.
Duterte-Carpio said she will submit the resolution to Camp Crame for approval next week.
Amid opposition to localized gun ban during the Araw ng Dabaw celebration in March, Duterte-Carpio said she is bent to implement the same policy during the Kadayawan celebration to ensure security of the public.
“For sure there will be thousands of people from other places who will celebrate with us, so we have to ensure their safety during the celebration,” Duterte said, adding that the decision to declare a localized gun ban in August will still depend to PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome.
When asked about her father’s, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, stance against the declaration of a localized gun ban, Duterte-Carpio said she already advised Councilor Jimmy Dureza to make the elder Duterte understand her decision.
“I told councilor Dureza to make him [the elder Duterte] understand that permit to carry firearm is not a right. It is only a privileged given by the PNP to gun holders, so the police can just suspend that anytime pareho lang na sa driver’s license,” Duterte-Carpio said.
Duterte-Carpio believes the implementation of the localized gun ban has been proven effective to deter crimes.
Based on a comparative data submitted by the researchers commissioned by the city, the implementation of gun ban in March had reduced crime occurrence for the entire period by more than 50 percent compared to 2010 when the gun ban was not implemented during the same occasion.
According to the study, there were only seven gun-related incidents recorded in the city for the whole month of March, lower than the 18 cases in 2011 and 25 cases in 2010.
The city mayor said in terms of the guidelines, it would still be the same when a gun ban was implemented during the Araw ng Dabaw.
She said once the resolution is approved by Camp Crame, all gun permits issued to civilians will be temporarily cancelled.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 22, 2012.
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