NPD chief believes crimes, especially shootings will lessen once election gun ban starts

Published April 14, 2018, 6:49 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Kate Javier

The top cop of the Northern Police District (NPD) believes that crimes specially shooting incidents will lessen in the area as they started on “full alert” for the election gun ban.


“Additional checkpoints and patrolling men were big factors to have a lower crime rate. I hope these will help us,” NPD director Chief Supt. Amando Empiso said in an interview today.

According to Empiso, “strategic planning” was done to ensure a “safe and secure” community, as election period for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan started yesterday.

“I ordered our four chiefs of police to coordinate with our election officers and to supervise their areas,” Empiso said.

During the election period, only members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies who are duly deputized by the Commission on Elections for election duties — and who must be in proper uniforms — are authorized to carry firearms.

Empiso said 50 percent of the 4,000 cops assigned in his area are being deployed to implement checkpoints and to conduct patrols.

“On ordinary days, only one-third of our total population is being deployed in the field. This time, we make it into half to for more police visibility,” Empiso explained.

Meanwhile, he warned the public that appropriate charges will be filed against those who will violate the policy.

“We want this election to be peaceful. We will not hesitate to implement the law as we gave warnings,” he said.