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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) called on all political aspirants in next year’s elections to take the lead in strictly following the minimum public health and safety standards and other protocols when filing their Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

The reminder was given by PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, and likewise emphasized that the candidates themselves should serve as the role models of discipline and in following the health protocols, especially for their supporters amid the continuous threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I appeal to all candidates, including their supporters, to respect the rules laid out by the Comelec (Commission on Elections) and our government regarding public safety when filing your COC,” PGen Eleazar said.

Because if not, how can you convince voters that you will be an effective leader if you can’t discipline your supporters,” he added.

According to the PNP chief, those who would file their COCs must also ensure the protection of their supporters, by making sure that the minimum health standards are being followed amid the pandemic.

Still, PGen Eleazar said the first day of filing of COCs was peaceful and orderly as the police had really prepared for this. He said the PNP would continue to monitor the security situation of the filing of COCs until its last day.

He also reminded the public that the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) is suspended in order to ensure that there are no firearms-related violence during the eight-day filing of COCs nationwide.

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