THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will step up its campaign against illegal fund-raising activities.
PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he gave the order to implement security adjustments and intensify measures after three separate attacks were made on politicians, and also for the upcoming filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) by aspiring candidates.
One of the attacks was the lobbing of an unexploded grenade at the house of Cong. Rufus Rodriguez in Cagayan de Oro City.
Eleazar said he already gave orders to the Director of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), PMGen Felipe Natividad, to prepare the SAF for possible deployment in areas with heated political rivalries and those with a history of election-related violence.
“Inatasan ko na ang lahat ng Regional Directors na magsagawa ng mga target-hardening measures at security adjustments sa kani-kanilang area of responsibility lalo na at mag-uumpisa na ang filing of certificate of candidacy kung saan maaaring tumaas ang bilang ng election-related violent incidents,” PGen. Eleazar said..
Eleazar also said that the PNP have tasked police commanders to implement tight security measures for the filing of COCs, which will start on October 1.
He will make sure that this tight security will keep up during the election campaign period, election day and declaration of winners.
“Kasabay ng mga paghahandang ito ang direktiba sa lahat ng mga chiefs of police na mahigpit na bantayan ang mga bangko at iba pang mga financial districts dahil hindi natin inaaalis ang posibilidad na mag-uumpisa ng gumalaw ang mga sindikato at private armed groups para makalikom ng pondo na maaaring gamitin ng kani-kanilang manok sa darating na halalan,” according to PGen Eleazar
Pgen Eleazar also stressed, “The Philippine National Police commits to protect and defend our electoral process at all cost because we believe that the reign of violence and dishonesty during our electoral process is no democracy at all.”