PNP ready to pro­vide 2 cop es­corts to can­di­dates

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By AARON B. RECUENCO

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) is ready to pro­vide two po­lice es­corts to se­cure each can­di­date in next year’s elec­tions if he or she meets all the re­quire­ments nec­es­sary – such as a val­i­dated threat assess­ment – un­der PNP rules and reg­u­la­tions.

For this rea­son, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Os­car D. Al­bay­alde has or­dered all po­lice com­man­ders down to the mu­nic­i­pal level to talk to all the can­di­dates, in­clud­ing in­cum­bent of­fi­cials, as part of the threat assess­ment amid the spate of killings of lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials.

Al­bay­alde gave the di­rec­tive as the PNP lead­er­ship is now fo­cus­ing in the fi­nal­iza­tion of all the se­cu­rity mea­sures that will be put in place for the midterm elec­tions, said PNP Spokesman Benigno Du­rana Jr.

“Our Chief PNP has or­dered all com­man­ders to sit down with all the can­di­dates and ask them what they want in terms of se­cur­ing them. If cer­tain can­di­dates feel that they have threat to their lives, they can re­quest for po­lice se­cu­rity,” said Al­bay­alde.

“Our Chief PNP ini­ti­ated this move be­cause he wants to level the play­ing field in terms of the se­cu­rity of all the can­di­dates un­der threat. Our man­date is for clean, hon­est and vi­o­lence-free elec­tions. Se­cur­ing can­di­dates is part of it,” he added.

Du­rana said any re­quest for po­lice se­cu­rity will have to com­ply with the re­quire­ments set by the PNP, in­clud­ing threat assess­ment of the po­lice to de­ter­mine if there is in­deed a threat on the life of a cer­tain can­di­date.

“If they meet all the re­quire­ments, the PNP is ready to pro­vide a max­i­mum of two po­lice es­corts,” said Du­rana.

But if they want to have more, then they have to hire the ser­vices of se­cu­rity agen­cies at their own ex­penses. We can only pro­vide a max­i­mum of two po­lice es­corts,” said Du­rana.

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