Politicians are being discouraged from requesting for police escorts during the election period.
Instead, they may opt to secure the services of ex-military and police personnel, who are now affiliated with private security agencies, Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros, newly-designated officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said Monday.
Police personnel have multiple jobs to perform, especially during the election period, Baleros said.
The election period and gun ban starts on January 13, in line with the May 13 elections. It will end on June 12.
Senior Supt. William Senoron, who is now assigned at the Camp Crame -based Civil Security Group, yesterday said that all requests for security escorts of candidates for the mid-term elections will be coursed through the Commission on Elections, even the relief and transfer of PNP personnel.
Baleros said that he will coordinate with his counterpart in Negros Oriental for the conduct of border control operations, to prevent the spillover of communist rebels, during the election period.
The deployment of security forces will be based on vulnerability on the ground, he added.
Provincial Comelec supervisor Salud Milagros Villanueva yesterday said that the Provincial Joint Security and Coordinating Center, which is composed of the Commission on Elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police, is slated for activation Jan.11.
On Jan. 13, there will be simultaneous conduct of police checkpoints all over Western Visayas, regional police spokesperson Supt. Joem Malong yesterday said.
The Police Regional Office 6 is also encouraging all provincial and city police offices to put up unity walls and conduct peace covenant signing rites among candidates.*
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