PNP to impose gun ban for Asean summit




CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be implementing a 15-day gun ban in Metro Manila and Central Luzon. This is part of the security measures for the All Saints Day and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit next month. From November 1 to 15, all permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) of gun owners in the National Capital Region and Central Luzon will be suspended, the directive signed by PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa stated. Under Dela Rosa’s order, no one will be allowed to bring his or her firearm outside the house within the identified areas. Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, Pampanga police director, said the gunban will start on November 1 in line with the observance of “Undas” and will be stretched out until the end of the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits on November 15.

Metro Manila and Clark in Pampanga will be hosting the said international gathering that will be attended by world leaders including US President Donald Trump. Consulta said the directive will strengthen the security measures implemented to avoid any untoward incidents. Consulta urged Kapampangans, particularly gun owners to cooperate with the directive to avoid hassle, especially if travelling for the holiday. He also asked for understanding and patience since the police force will be implementing safety measures during the Asean summit, such as installation of checkpoints.

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