Cops caution about partisan politics-A A +A
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, police regional director, reminded all policemen not to engage in partisan politics.
“There is a directive for all PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel not to engage in partisan politics. And I have instructed all of them not to engage in partisan politics,” Soria said.
The directive came after reports that a town mayor, who is seeking for another term in this year’s midterm elections, is being “harassed” by a police director for not being a political ally of the governor of the province.
Soria, when asked if he received this information, vowed to look into this matter.
“I have not received such report. I have no information about it. But I will look into this (matter) once I have it,” he said.
Based on the information, the mayor is reportedly staying most of the time out of his town due to security reason and had asked for some security detail as part of his protection, but his request has yet to be acted upon by the PNP regional headquarters.
Soria said all those who requested for security detail can be provided on condition that their request must pass through and approved by the Regional Joint Security Control Center of the PNP-Eastern Visayas and would be favorably endorsed to the committee on ban on firearms and security personnel by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
So far, 11 candidates from Eastern Visayas, mostly governors and congressmen, were granted with security details in relation to the forthcoming May 13, 2013 elections. All the candidates are only allowed to have two security escorts, either from the police or from the Army.
Soria assured that their campaign to ensure peaceful and honest elections across the region remains, adding they are conducting series of peace forums, signing of peace covenants among candidates involving other sectors, arrest of wanted persons, dismantling of private armed groups, among others.
“Of course, we are also implementing the gun ban through the Comelec checkpoints,” he said.
Since these checkpoints were established last January, 45 individuals were arrested in possession of firearms, most were unregistered. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)