PNP still fine tunes security preparation for 2013 election

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) still remain on a ‘fine-tuning’ mode on its election security preparation with six-months left before next year’s mid-term synchronized local and national election.

Emerging from a three-hour long conference with top police officials presided by Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas III, PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said that they are still finalizing its security plan for next year’s election.

“The PNP is ready for any eventuality…. But we are still in the fine-tuning stage of preparations for the coming election,” Cerbo told reporters during a press briefing in Camp Crame.

The PNP spokesman said that three hour conference were more of table top discussion among top police officials with the Interior Secretary getting and also giving his own inputs in next year’s election security preparation.

“Proposals were presented for election security… but what is important is that the PNP, that we have to find out areas where trouble could arise in the [coming] election,” Cerbo said.

But, the PNP spokesman said that still the main security issues for the coming elections will the existence of private armed groups (PAGS), loose firearms and threat groups such as communist rebels and lawless elements.

“We are still on the planning stage and we are revalidating the list of PAGs’, loose firearms and other threat groups… but the PNP is prepared and we can deploy our personnel even tomorrow,” Cerbo said.

The PNP has already formed a task force, called Safe and Fair Election (SAFE) 2013, headed by Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, to handle and coordinate all police security preparation for next year’s electoral process.

The PNP spokesman added that another meeting is also set for next December in which officials of the DILG, Department of National Defense (DND), Commission on Election (Comelec), Armed Forces (AFP) and PNP are to attend.

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