Gun ban ordered

CEBU CITY — A gun ban will be in effect in this city during the Sinulog weekend to ensure a peaceful celebration, police announced Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Louie Oppus, Regional Operations and Plans Division chief, announced the gun ban in Wednesday’s monthly Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) forum.

Instead of implementing it only within the carousel route during the Sinulog grand parade on Sunday and the solemn procession the day before, as recommended by Cebu City Police Office Director Patrocinio Comendador, Oppus said the gun ban will cover the entire city.

All permits to carry firearms outside one’s residence are suspended, he said.

Exempted from the gun ban are policemen included in the Sinulog security force and those on duty. Special arrangements will be made for intelligence officers on covert operations. (more)

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