Police to implement gun ban for ASEAN

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 3) — Government authorities are implementing a 15-day gun ban in the light of the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The suspension of all permits to carry firearms outside of residences (PTCFOR) was announced in a Philippine National Police memorandum dated October 27. The ban will run from November 1 to 15 and covers Metro Manila.

The provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales in Central Luzon and Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal are also covered by the ban.

The suspension is part of security measures "to ensure the safety of the leaders of ASEAN-member countries and other delegates," the memo read.

Regular members or officers of the PNP, military, and other law enforcement agencies are authorized to carry firearms under the conditions:

  • They must be in the regullar plantilla of these agencies and receive regular compensation;
  • They must be wearing a uniform with a visible name or identification card;
  • They must be duly licensed to possess firearms and carry it outside of residence by means of a valid Mission Order or Letter Order;
  • They must be on official duty or either going to or returning from his residence or official station.

Anyone carrying firearms in civilian attire will be considered unauthorized. Confiscated arms will be deposited to the nearest police station and go through the Firearms Verification Hotline maintained by the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.

The 31st ASEAN Summit will be held from November 13 to 14 in Metro Manila, Clark, Pampanga, and Los Banos, Laguna. The Summit and related meetings will gather leaders from across the region and the world, including United States President Donald Trump, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Heads of state and delegates are expected to arrive as early as November 9.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.