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Martial law lifted in Mindanao, but guns still prohibited in Davao City

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The Davao City government extends ban on carrying firearms until December 31, 2020

PNP to enforce gun ban for 2019 SEA games

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The Philippine National Police says permits to carry firearms will be suspended from November 20 to December 14 in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, La Union, and Metro Manila

GUN BAN. The Philippine National Police puts in place a gun ban in several areas in line with the 30th SEA Games to be held in the Philippines. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

6 arrested for violating gun and liquor ban in Batangas

May 13, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Batangas police arrest 3 for illegal possession of firearms and 3 others for violating liquor ban

Some establishment stores put a signage liquor ban which start tonight. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect

ALERT. A policewoman patrols past a memorial wall outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019, six days after the twin mosque shooting massacre that claimed the lives of fifty people. Photo by William West/AFP

Zambales barangay chairman arrested for possessing illegal firearms

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:52 PM

A joint team from the municipal and provincial police raided the house of Eduardo Lopes Sr, chairman of Barangay Aglao in the municipality of San Marcelino

Barangay chairman, arrested for illegal firearms. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Lanao del Norte mayor detained after gun check

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Authorities are still checking for proper Comelec gun ban exemption certificates the guns of Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago and 8 other people

33 killed in Central Luzon since start of election gun ban

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Most of them were killed during shootout with authorities while evading checkpoints, says Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Joel Napoleon Coronel

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Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

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Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 PM

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Filing of candidacies, gun ban as barangay, SK election period kicks off

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

One punong barangay, 7 kagawads, one Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, and 7 SK members will be elected in each barangay on May 14

COC FILING. Aspirants to barangay and SK positions crowd the Comelec-Manila office as they file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) on the first day, April 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cops should always carry their guns, even when off-duty, says PNP chief

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To prevent crimes, the PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa wants policemen to carry their guns at all times, even when they are off-duty and in civilian clothes

WHO'S NEXT? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters at the PMA homecoming in Baguio City. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Private security agencies need Comelec approval for gun ban exemptions – SC

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The Supreme Court rules that Republic Act 5487 or the Private Security Agency Law 'is not a blanket authority on PSAs to carry firearms'

PNP imposes gun ban from November 1 to 15

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) The expanded PNP circular bans the bearing for firearms in public in Metro Manila, Region 3 and Region 4-A. This suspends all permits to carry firearms outside residences

GUNS PROHIBITED. The PNP imposes a gun ban for the first half of November, which covers Undas and the ASEAN Summit.

10 armed men arrested for trying to enter Camp Aguinaldo without permits

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:16 PM

The men, who claim to be part of a group called the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, have been turned over to the Quezon City Police

HEADQUARTERS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines takes base at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Rappler file photo

Comelec reschedules activities for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Set to be enforced during the election period, the gun ban begins on October 1

Gun ban for 2017 barangay, SK polls begins September 23

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Meanwhile the filing of certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets will be from September 23 to 30

GUN BAN. The Comelec schedules a gun ban in relation to the October 23 barangay and SK elections.

PNP to impose Manila gun ban for Nazarene feast

Jan 05, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Only police and military personnel in uniform will be allowed to carry firearms during a 48 hour period which begins 8 am on Sunday January 8

NAZARENO PREPS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is flanked by top PNP officials, including those involved in preparations for the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Rappler photo

Trump signals could bar gun sales for terror suspects

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:11 AM

I will be meeting with the NRA who has endorsed me about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list or the no fly list to buy guns Trump tweeted Wednesday

Businessman Donald Trump speaks with reporters following a Republican presidential candidates debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 06 August 2014. EPA/DAVID MAXWELL

Cagayan resident arrests gun ban violator

May 12, 2016 - 12:10 AM

A concerned resident carries out a citizen s arrest during the elections

Palace: 3,500 arrested so far for gun ban violations

May 01, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Malacañang assures the public that security forces are capable enough to prevent election related violence especially in the coming days

Metro cops arrest 74 for violating gun ban

Jan 22, 2016 - 11:03 AM

Police Director Joel Pagdilao also reminds cops to observe Comelec guidelines in checkpoints

CHECKPOINT. Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista (3rd from right) joins PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez (left) on Saturday, January 9, during the ceremonial opening of the Comelec checkpoints along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gun ban: Licensed owners ask Supreme Court for exemption

Jan 12, 2016 - 12:38 AM

Petitioners say that having licensed gun owners like them covered by the Comelec s ban would expose them to security threats

#AnimatED: Enforcing the gun ban

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Killing pre election violence goes beyond reining in firearms

Comelec: Jan 10 is start of election period, gun ban

Jan 10, 2016 - 12:05 AM

The nationwide gun ban and other election related bans will last until June 8 2016

CHECKPOINT. Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista (3rd from right) joins PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez (left) on Saturday, January 9, during the ceremonial opening of the Comelec checkpoints along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Joel Liporada/Rappler

What are not allowed when election period starts January 10

Jan 07, 2016 - 9:10 PM

The election period comes a month earlier this year For the 2016 the Comelec also totally disallows private individuals from applying for a gun ban exemption

Davao del Norte enforces gun ban during Palarong Pambansa

May 01, 2015 - 4:40 PM

The gun ban will be in effect until May 10 while some 2 000 security personnel have been deployed to games venues and billeting quarters

NO GUNS ALLOWED. Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (left) and the provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Samuel Gadingan, inspect the billeting quarters for the Palarong Pambansa 2015 in Tagum City. The provincial government has enforced a gun ban during the games. Photo by Noel Baguio/Davao del Norte PIO

Comelec resets gun ban as SK election period shortened

Jan 22, 2015 - 8:18 AM

UPDATED The gun ban will now be enforced from February 6 to March 2 Comelec s move is in response to recent developments about a possible postponement of the February SK polls

Election period for 2015 SK polls begins January 22

Jan 20, 2015 - 7:20 PM

The gun ban and other election related bans will be enforced in connection with the February 21 Sangguniang Kabataan polls

Poll day ‘peaceful,’ but 22 killed during campaign

Oct 28, 2013 - 3:17 PM

While October 28 was generally peaceful the number of those killed during this year s barangay campaign period was higher than in 2010

PEACEFUL. The Philippine National Police says elections across the country are generally peaceful. Photo by EPA

PNP to ask Comelec to postpone barangay polls in Zambo

Oct 01, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Gun ban can stay Purisima says

Barangay elections: Know what's banned, and more

Sep 28, 2013 - 4:21 PM

3rd UPDATE The election period has started for the 2013 barangay elections Get to know what activities are banned and more information about the Oct 28 polls

PNP issues new requirements for gun permits

Jun 27, 2013 - 6:49 PM

Biometric fingerprint specimen and a photograph are now mandatory requirements for licensed gun owners applying for permit to carry

GUN SHOPPING. Guns suggested to the writer at the store. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez.

Election ban lifted...and will be in place again

Jun 19, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Comelec Resolution 9715 identifies 22 activities that will be prohibited within the election period for the October 28 barangay and SK elections

Election period: Over 3,000 nabbed

May 13, 2013 - 2:04 AM

Cops have arrested 3 161 individuals and confiscated 3 084 firearms from various checkpoints nationwide

Abra lawmaker's secretary shot

May 08, 2013 - 1:50 PM

The personal secretary of Abra Rep Joy Valera Bernos was injured after she was shot late Monday evening

Aides of Leyte mayoral bet face gun ban charges

May 06, 2013 - 1:45 PM

The mayoral race in Inopacan Leyte is expected to be a tight and tense race

Bulacan village chief shot dead

May 05, 2013 - 4:09 PM

A pair of armed men riding a motorcycle killed a village chief and wounded another in Barangay Poblacion

Abra top gun ban violator in CAR

May 05, 2013 - 10:26 AM

25 out of 57 gun ban violation cases recorded in the Cordillera Administrative Region came from Abra an election hot spot

2,900 guns, weapons seized at poll checkpoints

May 04, 2013 - 4:03 PM

The Philippine National Police PNP has arrested nearly 3 000 individuals for violating the election gun ban

Laguna bet faces DQ over too many bodyguards

Apr 29, 2013 - 7:31 PM

The re electionist mayor of Sta Rosa Laguna faces a disqualification case over allegedly unauthorized bodyguards

RE-ELECTIONIST BET. Mayor Alice Lazaga of Sta Rosa, Laguna faces a disqualification complaint. File photo from

2 men arrested in Pangasinan for violating gun ban

Mar 29, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Suspects were caught in the towns of Umingan and San Jacinto There were no indications their acts were election related

Comelec to junk requests for special control

Mar 27, 2013 - 5:13 PM

Politicians requesting Comelec control do not understand what they want says the Comelec chief

DOJ to charge 38 Kiram followers

Mar 15, 2013 - 1:16 PM

The alleged Sulu Sultanate followers face charges for violating the election gun ban and inciting to war

PNP claims crime rate down by 60%

Feb 06, 2013 - 4:39 PM

The PNP makes this claim despite shooting incidents in Metro Manila malls and other places

White House releases Obama skeet shooting photo

Feb 03, 2013 - 11:10 AM

The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting in an apparent bid to allay concerns by gun owners that he opposes firearms following a school massacre in December

SHOOTING. The White House released this image of President Barack Obama target shooting at Camp David. Photo from AFP

PH mall security guards required to carry guns

Jan 31, 2013 - 8:36 PM

Mall security guards in the Philippines will be required to carry firearms after recent attacks at shopping centers police say

Megamall guards unarmed during robbery - PNP

Jan 28, 2013 - 4:36 PM

The PNP says guards at SM Megamall failed to secure exit points and were not meticulous in their security checks

SHUTTERS DOWN. Citizen journalists live tweeted what was going on inside the mall during the incident

Man shot dead near Greenhills bank

Jan 28, 2013 - 11:43 AM

San Juan City police confirms a shooting in front of a bank where a man was shot repeatedly while in his car

LATEST SHOOTING. Cops approach victim of shooting, who was shot inside his car. Photo from @ageofbrill's Twitter account.

PH gun industry: Small but ‘world-class’

Jan 27, 2013 - 11:36 PM

The Philippines gun industry feels the heat of a gun ban but remains confident that its reputation in the international market will keep it alive and well this year