Rappler.com reports: “The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially marked the start of the 2019 election period by conducting checkpoint operations past midnight on Sunday, 13 January. Minutes before the election period started, COMELEC Chairman Sheriff Abas reminded the public to follow the election-related bans that will be enforced during the election period, from 13 January to 12 June. […] Starting Sunday, COMELEC will be enforcing several bans:
- Alteration of territory of a precinct or the establishment of a new precinct
- Transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service
- Gun ban, or the bearing of firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized by the Comelec
- Use of security personnel/bodyguards by candidates, unless authorized by the Comelec
- Organization of reaction forces, strike forces, etc.
- Suspension of elective local officials
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has also set up checkpoints across the country. Checkpoint operations have started as of 12 midnight Sunday.”