PNP re­calls lo­cal of­fi­cial po­lice es­corts

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

BA­COLOD City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia said yes­ter­day his two po­lice es­corts have re­ported back to the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice6 as the elec­tion pe­riod started on Sun­day.

Leonar­dia said the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice re­called all se­cu­rity de­tails of po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates in the coun­try ahead of the midterm polls in May, but they are still en­ti­tled to process or re­quest po­lice es­corts or pri­vate se­cu­rity.

He said they are pro­cess­ing his re­quest to have pri­vate se­cu­rity at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec).

“We are en­ti­tled to some se­cu­rity and we are now pro­cess­ing it,” he said.

The PNP re­called all se­cu­rity de­tails of po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates in the coun­try based on the Com­elec Res­o­lu­tion 10429 and 10446 which im­posed a na­tion­wide gun ban and pro­hi­bi­tion of po­lice de­tails.

Leonar­dia also re­minded the pub­lic to ob­serve the gun ban to avoid charges and penal­ties.

“Elec­tion pe­riod means no car­ry­ing of firearms so let’s fol­low the law, es­pe­cially the firearms hold­ers, to avoid charges,” Leonar­dia said.

Mean­while, Leonar­dia said he failed to join the sign­ing of the peace covenant on Sun­day be­cause he was do­ing his re­li­gious vow, which he had been prac­tic­ing for more than 40 years al­ready.

When he re­turned, he in­quired with the poll body where to sign the peace covenant, but the Com­elec said he al­ready signed the in­tegrity pledge when he filed his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy.

“But for the sake of for­mal­ity and if that is nec­es­sary, I’m still will­ing to sign it again be­cause it’s for peace­ful and hon­est elec­tions and I’m will­ing to sign it over and over again,” Leonar­dia said.

On Sun­day, lo­cal and na­tional can­di­dates for the May 13 elec­tions signed the peace covenant for peace­ful and hon­est elec­tions.*

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