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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.
The uniformed men at these stops will, however, also be on the lookout for signs of irregularities other than firearms possession. So what exactly are police officers looking for when they stop a vehicle at checkpoints? What types of behavior can lead to an arrest?
The basic rule, according to interviews with policemen, is that there is sufficient or corroborating evidence that suggests a crime was or may be committed. These may include suspicious items or actions that can cause danger to other persons or to one's self.
Cops make judgments calls. Based on the Philippine National Police’s operations manual and the Comelec’s guidelines for the setting up of checkpoints during the election period, here are some of the things that may justify an arrest:
The gun ban will be in effect for 5 months. Citizens, when stopped at checkpoints, should also know their rights. Click here for Rappler's tip sheet on how to avoid being subject to abuse at these stops. - Rappler.com
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