PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde ordered his men to remove all campaign posters and advertisements placed on government establishments and property.
Albayalde directed all PNP regional directors to immediately take down all election campaign materials in government offices and facilities such as billboards, tarpaulins, posters, steamers, banners, and others.
The order adds more teeth to the enforcement of provisions of Comelec Resolution No. 10488.
“The PNP is duty bound to ensure a level playing field for honest, orderly and peaceful elections in May as an apolitical and non-partisan deputized agency of the Commission on Elections,” Albayalde said.
“To be more emphatic about the strictly apolitical stand of the PNP, I am serving notice to all police personnel to remain steadfast along this command policy with due regard to existing rules and regulations that prohibit personnel from engaging in partisan political activity,” he added.
The PNP chief said a total of 181,775-strong police contingent will be deployed for public safety and general law enforcement duties on election day.
He said 55% or 99,976 policemen will be deployed in polling centers, 30% or 54,532 forces will be assigned to Quick Reaction Teams and 18,177 or 10% will compose the Reactionary Standby Support Force, and the remaining 9,089 will compose the Red Team and Headquarters Skeletal Forces.