PNP to crush private armies before next year’s mid-term election

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is in the process of organizing a new task force that will be dedicated in running after private armed groups (PAGs) ahead of the start of the campaign period for next year’s election.

The PNP chief of directorial staff, Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, who was recently named as commander of Task Force Halalan 2013, said that their main objective is to neutralize PAGs.

“Lahat ng mga private armed group… hindi sasantuhin, whether they are related to any organization, any party or any individual,” Purisma told reporters during a chance interview in Camp Crame.

The PNP official said the task force being organized by the PNP against PAGs will be composed of elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Special Action Force (SAF).

“We are organizing Task Force, we are getting personnel from different units and so the main task is monitor those PAGs for elections,” Purisima said.

The PNP official said that the Directorate for Intelligence (DI) are still in the process of validating the number of existing PAG’s in the country that could disrupt holding of peaceful election next year.

“Actually we are conducting validation of PAGs and this is being done by the DI… I haven’t seen the list, but we have few groups, we have so many personnel to be targeting so we are validating it,” Purisima said.

The PNP official said that they will be more aggressive in their campaign against PAGs with police regional offices are conducting raids on targeted PAGs, some of whom may be employed in next year’s election.

“Actually the task force will not be used to operate against groups that regional offices can handle. We will be using our force if the target is too much for the regions… this is to monitor the incidents,” Purisima said.

The police official quickly clarified that the Task Force will just provide leadership to the group in pursuing their goal of neutralizing PAGs and prevent them conduct crimes during and after elections.

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