MassKara firearms ban set

first_img“The safety of the people will be thehighest consideration,” the mayor said. “This security measures will beimplemented in the entire city, not just in the festival sites,” Picostressed.  Mayor Evelio Leonardia himself haspushed for the enforcement of a total gun ban to ensure the safety and securityof revelers during the festival. Earlier though, Councilor Al VictorEspino, chairman of the City Council committee on police matters, authored aresolution opposing the gun ban, saying it was unnecessary during the MassKaraFestival it Espino cited that the gun ban does not diminish the actual threator imminent danger on the life of a person permitted by law to carry firearms,and is not sufficient reason or cause for the deprivation of the privilege. Based on the order of the PhilippineNational Police (PNP) main headquarters, all “permits to carry” are suspendedin Bacolod from 8 a.m. on Oct. 8 to 8 a.m. on Oct. 27. During the period, only members of thePNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agenciesperforming official duties and in agency-prescribed uniforms will be allowed tocarry guns. This year, the main festival sitesstill include the Bacolod Public Plaza, Bacolod Government Center, and theTourism Strip on Lacson Street.center_img The festival highlights will start onOct. 24 and 25, showcasing the Electric MassKara parades. Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico,spokesperson of Bacolod City Police Office, said they have started enforcingthe gun ban day after the opening of the 40th MassKara Festival on Monday. According to Pico, they requested theenforcement of the gun ban to support the police’s aim of zero major crimeincidents during the festivities. BACOLOD City – A suspension of permits to carry firearms outside of residence has been set here. The final two days will feature themuch-anticipated MassKara Street and Arena Dance competitions. (With PNA/PN)last_img