How effective are checkpoints? Created on January 14, 2013, 3:32 am Posted by nup

CHECKPOINT. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr leads the inspection of Comelec checkpoints in Metro Manila, Saturday night, January 12. Instagram photo of James Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines - Unlike the guards in malls, police officers or soldiers in checkpoints do not frisk persons for weapons. With a courteous demeanor, they can only block a car, look into the interior of the vehicle, and see if there are weapons in plain view that can be seized -- all in about 10 seconds.

Gun ban starts amid tense political mood Created on January 14, 2013, 3:31 am Posted by nup

Gun image courtesy of Augustas Didžgalvis under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

MANILA, Philippines – By midnight on Sunday, January 13, the election period starts with the implementation of a weapons ban and the activation of at least 1,634 election checkpoints across the country. The gun ban for the 2013 midterm polls, however, takes effect in a more politically charged environment than in past election cycles, given recent incidents of crime and the intensity of political rivalries that the President’s party faces.

Stopped at a checkpoint? Know your rights Created on January 14, 2013, 3:28 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – With at least 1,634 election checkpoints set up across the country in the next 5 months, what are the odds that you would be stopped at a checkpoint? High. In Resolution 9588, the Commission on Elections says the search and seizure procedures conducted at poll checkpoints should not violate the civil, political, and human rights of anyone being flagged.

Checkpoints: When can police make arrests? Created on January 14, 2013, 3:25 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections has ordered the setting up of police- or military-manned checkpoints for the “effective implementation” of the gun ban, which starts Sunday, January 13, and ends on June 12.

DILG, Comelec lead unity walk for safe polls Created on January 14, 2013, 3:24 am Posted by nup

Participants of the "SAFTE 2013" unity walk at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Janaury 13, 2013, in this photo by Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

MANILA, Philippines - Advocating "secure and fair elections," the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led a unity walk early Sunday, January 13, marking the official start of the 2013 election period. The unity walk, dubbed as the "SAFE 2013" campaign, started from several points in Quezon City, with representatives from the DILG, Philippine National Police, Commission on Elections, and non-government organizations participating.

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