COMMISSION on Elections Spokesperson James B. Jimenez said motorists need to be aware of Comelec checkpoints as distinguished from fake checkpoints.
“The checkpoint should be located in a well-lit area and it must be manned by uniformed personnel. Kung ang checkpoint ay nasa isang madilim na lugar (If the checkpoint is in a dark area), we advise our motorists to exercise caution and discretion kasi (because) under our rules, kailangan (it must be a) well-lit area,” he said in an interview on Sunday.
He added that motorists should also see to it that a checkpoint has a sign identifying it as a “Comelec checkpoint.”
“The sign should also have the name and contact info of the election officer in charge of the area and the police officer who is in charge of the checkpoint itself,” Mr. Jimenez also said.
Mr. Jimenez said Comelec checkpoint sites “will practice plain view doctrine.”
Comelec checkpoints change locations every day and will be implemented nationwide.
Election period kicked in on Sunday, putting in effect Comelec-supervised checkpoints for the gun ban. The firearms ban will last the whole election period to June 12.
For his part, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said in a press briefing on Saturday, “Tayo ay gumagawa ng checkpoints dahil ito ay isang mabisang (We are doing checkpoints because this is an effective) intervention for crime prevention.” — Gillian M. Cortez