The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds all Philippine National Police (PNP) units to be impartial and non-partisan as deputies of the Commission on Elections during the election period.
DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano says that the PNP, as the country's principal law enforcement agency, should focus all its efforts in ensuring the peaceful and orderly conduct of the Barangay and SK Elections.
He also reminds all PNP units to work closely with COMELEC field offices as directed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through Memorandum Order No. 21 which deputized the PNP and other law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government for the conduct of BSKE 2018.
According to the DILG Chief, the PNP should coordinate with Comelec Elections Officers and Provincial Elections Supervisors all activities and operations in relation to the village polls and follow all instructions from the Commission.
Under Republic Act 6713, Republic Act 3019 and the PNP Ethical Doctrine, members of the PNP, as personnel working for the government and law enforcement entity, shall provide services to everyone without discrimination regardless of party affiliation in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
No to vote-buying
Ano also directs PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde to take proactive steps in preventing vote-buying in the face of reports that alleged vote-buying has been occurring in some parts of the country.
"All PNP units must intensify foot patrols in the barangays and increase police presence in order to deter incidents of vote buying. And if there's a report of alleged vote buying, we must investigate immediately since that is an election offense," he says.
He says the police should be on the look-out for any incidents of vote buying and ensure that culpable parties are arrested and charged.
The official campaign period ends on May 12, 2018 and the elections will be on May 14, 2018.