PNP to strictly implement rules on security details
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday instructed the Philippine National Police to strictly implement the rules on the provision of security details to candidates as part of efforts to ensure a safe and orderly mid-term elections in May.
He also called on the citizenry to report any incident of policemen providing unauthorized security for politicians, and promised swift action against anyone found violating the directive, that is meant to insulate the police from partisan politics and enable them to perform their election duties efficiently, a government press release said.
“If we see even a photo of unauthorized PNP personnel near, or in the company of candidates, that will be enough evidence to start administrative and criminal proceedings against the offenders,” Roxas said. “I want to ensure that the PNP remains neutral in the conduct of the May 2013 elections and all its personnel to stay out of politics.”
Roxas issued the directive to prevent policemen from being used as private armies by politicians.
He said the guidelines for the implementation of the DILG-PNP Secure and Fair Election, or SAFE 2013, plan are contained in PNP Command Memorandum Circular 01-12, including the strict implementation of rules in the carrying of firearms by authorized security personnel, or other authorized individuals.
The circular states that PNP personnel, who have relatives within the fourth degree of consanguinity, or affinity, running in areas where the cops are assigned, will be temporarily reassigned to other units.
Failure by PNP personnel to act on election law violations will also be ground for administrative and criminal action for nonfeasance, while heads of police offices and supervisors who disregard the guidelines will be held liable for neglect of duty, the press release added.*
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