Policemen should remain non-political in 2016 polls — PNP chief (Philippines News Agency)

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ricardo Marquez has assured that policemen will remain non-partisan in the coming 2016 national and local elections as ordered by President Benigno Aquino III.

We should remain non-political as much as possible. We will not tolerate and allow our men to mingle with issues concerning politics, Marquez said in a media interaction at the sidelines of the 114th PNP Anniversary at Camp Ruperto Kangleon here last Wednesday.

Marquez said to make sure that policemen will not get involve in politics, they will be transferred from their existing assigned area if they have relatives seeking elective post next year.

He said policemen will also link with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and other electoral watchdog to report to police officers the offenders.

Marquez said offenders might also face administrative and criminal sanctions.

The PNP official said policemen are considered partisans if they openly and secretly campaigning for politicians and joining them in the campaign sorties.

Marquez also explained the policemen have no jurisdiction to provide security for the politicians during the campaign and election period.

“That issue should be resolved by the Commission on Elections,” Marquez said.

However, Marquez said they “will enforce the law without fear and any favor” on the presence of private armed groups formed by the politicians.

If there are problems in the community and law enforcement is not enough, we do some other things like mediation diffusion. Because we believe that there is no similar solution to any single problem. It is always a situation-driven and peculiarity in the ground, Marquez said.

We will not stop in looking for solutions. Let us partner with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, partner with the non government organization in finding solution to this problem, he added. (PNA)