Post-election violence alarms PNP

A SERIES of suspected post-election related incidents have alarmed the Philippine National Police leadership which has ordered a thorough investigation into those cases in order to bring the perpetrators to justice, PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac said yesterday.

According to the official, the PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center more than two weeks after the generally peaceful May 13 national and local elections is still continuously receiving reports of possible election-related incidents which have victimized elected government officials including barangay captains and Sangguniang Kabataan officials.

“The PNP Chief Police General Oscar D Alabayalde strongly condemns these violent attacks on the elected officials. The PNP Chief warns those perpetrators, we will track you down. We will double our efforts in the campaign against those involve in these incidents and put them all behind bars,” Banac said.

According to the PNP spokesperson, Gen. Albayalde has directed all 17 Police Regional Offices to synchronize all their investigative efforts to piece together the circumstances surrounding the violent incidents following a directive from Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

He said NEMAC records showed that there were 51 incidents recorded after the elections which included the killing of eight and the wounding of 14 persons. Twenty-nine others were unharmed in attacks which occurred from May 14 up to last Wednesday.

Banac however said that as of yesterday, 21 of the 51 incidents have been already solved by the police while eight others have been declared as “cleared” and 22 are still under investigation.

“While it is premature to make early conclusions at this point, our actions will be guided by available facts and evidence at hand, and other evidence that may be obtained later in the course of the investigation.

“I am confident that in due time, we will achieve a breakthrough in our investigation under the same investigative framework that we applied in similar cases of violence against elective government officials. The PNP assures the public that it is doing its best efforts in order to uphold the peace and order in the country even after the elections,” Banac added.