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DILG: Barangay tanods not allowed to carry firearms
by Ofelia C. Empian

Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo M. Año called on punong barangays to ensure that no tanod under their supervision uses firearms even in the performance of their duties.

Año reminded that tanods or community brigades composed of civilian volunteers appointed by the punong barangay upon recommendation of the Barangay Peace and Order Council are not allowed by any law to carry firearms even in maintaining peace and order in their communities.

He said that tanods may only use nightstick with teargas (probaton) with belt and holster, handcuff with holster, whistle, flashlight, raincoat, rainboots, small notebooks and ballpens, first aid kits, and other non-lethal gadgets.

“If our barangay tanods see themselves in a potentially dangerous situation, they should seek the help of their local police officers. That’s the job of the police,” he said.

He said the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act enacted in 2012 has revoked the authority of police auxiliary units members, such as tanods to carry firearms, which was previously allowed by Circular 2008-013 of the National Police Commission.

“There is no longer any legal basis for arming barangay tanods,” Año said.

He called on all local chief executives to ensure compliance with the directive and to withdraw any firearm that has been issued by them to barangay tanods.

He stressed registered firearms of local government units shall only be issued to a government official or employee with a permanent plantilla position as provided in Section 5.5.2 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10591.

Punong barangays, on the other hand, are entitled to possess and carry firearms within their territorial jurisdiction, subject to appropriate rules and regulations, as stated in Section 389 (c) of the Local Government Code but only in the performance of their peace and order functions.


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