Cops Moonlighting as Bodyguards Warned
MANILA, Philippines --- Having pictures taken in the company of, or near, candidates running in the May, 2013, election may cost a policeman's job.
This was stressed yesterday by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II as part of the strict implementation of the rules on the provision of security details to politicians.
"If we see even a photo of unauthorized PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel near or in the company of candidates, that will be enough evidence to start administrative and criminal proceedings against the offenders," Roxas warned.
Roxas has instructed the PNP to strictly implement the rules on the provision of security details to candidates as part of the overall efforts to ensure 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. He promised swift action against anyone found violating the directive, which he said is meant to insulate the PNP from partisan politics and enable all personnel to perform their election duties efficiently.
"Binibigyang babala ko ang lahat ng kandidato, gayundin ang mga tauhan ng PNP, lalo na ang mga station commanders, provincial commanders at regional directors, na mahigpit na sundin at ipatupad ang mga reglamentong nagbabawal sa mga pulis na magsilbing bodyguards sa mga pulitiko sa panahon ng eleksyon," Roxas said. …