Roxas warns policemen not to act as politicians bodyguards

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INTERIOR Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II instructed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strictly implement the rules and provisions in providing security details to candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Roxas said that providing security details to candidates for the coming electoral process is part of the government overall efforts of ensure a peaceful and orderly mid-term elections in May.

“This is meant to insulate the PNP from partisan politics and enable all police personnel to perform their election duties efficiently,” the interior secretary said in a press statement.

The interior secretary called on the public to report of any incident of policemen providing unauthorized security for politicians as he promised swift actions anyone found violating the directive.

“Binibigyan babala ko ang lahat ng kandidato gayundin ang mga taugan ng PNP na mahigpit na sundin at ipatupad ang mga reglamento na nagbabawal sa mga pulis na magsilbing bodyguards ng mga pulitiko,” Roxas said.

The interior secretary said that strict sanctions awaits policemen that would be found to be guilty of violating the rules on providing security details for candidates in the coming elections.

“If we see even a photo of unauthorized PNP personnel near or in the company of candidates that would be enough evidence to start administrative and criminal proceedings against the offenders,” Roxas said.

“I want to ensure that the PNP remains neutral in the conduct of the May 2013 elections and all its personnel to stay out of politics,” Roxas said adding that the directive is meant to prevent police personnel to be used as private armies of politicians.

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