The governor and the congressmen of Negros Occidental may avail of government security personnel during the election period, Provincial Elections Officer Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
This is provided under COMELEC Resolution 9608 that amended Resolution No. 9561-A, which set the rules and regulations for the ban on carrying firearms and other deadly weapons, and the engagement of security personnel or bodyguards for the election period, he said.
Incumbent members of the House of Representatives and provincial governors whose regular security complement had been provided by officers or members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation or other government law enforcement agencies for at least one year at the time of the promulgation of the resolution on January 11, will be allowed to retain the services of such security personnel, Suarez added.
They will be allowed a maximum of two officers currently detailed to them, he said.
In cases where the security situation of the congressmen or governors warrant the augmentation with additional security personnel, public officials may apply for authority to employ the services of additional security personnel or bodyguards from duly licensed and accredited privately-owned or operated security, investigative, protective or intelligence agencies, in accordance with the procedures stated in the resolution, Suarez also said.*CPG