Purisima tells commanders go hard against crime gangs and armed groups

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Alan Purisima ordered police units in Northern and Central Luzon to “hit hard” on Partisan Armed Groups, Organized Crime Groups and criminal elements.

The PNP chief said that these groups could pose serious threat to the security of the forthcoming midterm elections in May 2013.

Purisima was at the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office for a coordinating conference with commanders of Regional Special Operations Task Groups (RSOTG) of Police Regional Offices based in Northern and Central Luzon.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said that local security issues ahead of the election period that officially starts in January were the topic discussed in the coordinating conference.

The PNP chief instructed local police commanders to double-up on the campaign against loose firearms through on the spot gun check and mobile checkpoint operations in crime prone areas.

“The aim is to take away instruments of violence as a preemptive measure to ensure Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) in 2013,” Cerbo said.

In the same conference, Director Ager Ontog, the Acting Chief of Directorial Staff and concurrent commander of National Task Force SAFE reported that all security measures are in place according to the overall security plan for SAFE 2013.

RSOTG commanders reported significant headway in the campaign against loose firearms including some areas considered as perennial trouble spots in the Cordillera, Cagayan Valley,Ilocos-Pangasinan Region and Central Luzon.

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