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ALL police Regional and Provincial Directors of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were instructed to place a sufficient number of police personnel on standby that would be tapped for peace and order in anticipation of the influx of candidates who would file their Certificate of Candidacy and Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) to beat the October 8 deadline.

PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar gave the order on Wednesday, October 6, and also called on the candidates to take the lead in preventing the filing of their COCs and CONAs into becoming a super spreader event.

We would like to remind candidates that the election is on May 2022. The number of supporters you bring with you during COC filing is not a measure of your poll victory. Bringing your supporters with you going to the Comelec offices and turning it into a super-spreader event will put your supporters’ lives at risk,” said PGen Eleazar.

We hope that you follow the rules issued by the Comelec and the government because that will be the measure of good leadership that you will promise to our fellow Filipinos,” he added.

Police forces across the country were earlier ordered to coordinate with the Comelec to ensure the peace and order and enforce public health safety in the filing of COCs and CONAs from October 1 to October 8.

So far, PGen Eleazar said that the filing of COCs and CONAs is generally peaceful and orderly. But he said police forces remain alert for any eventuality.

We are already on the 6th day of filing of COCs and CONAs that’s why we expect a large number of candidates to come and beat the October 8 deadline,” the Chief PNP said.

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