By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is fully prepared to secure the filing of Certificates of Candidacy of political aspirants in the 2022 national and local elections.
“Handang-handa na ang inyong PNP sa pagtiyak ng seguridad sa filing ng Certificate of Candidacy simula ngayong araw hanggang matapos ito sa October 8. Nagsagawa na tayo ng mga scenario-building at simulation exercises in anticipation of any eventuality at kasama dito ang patuloy na intelligence monitoring and assessment in coordination with the Commission on Elections,” said PNP Chief Police Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar.
He said he had already tasked all concerned police units to ensure the deployment of a sufficient number of police officers in areas where the filing of COCs will take place so they can guarantee the safety of everyone and enforce the minimum public health standards.
The filing of COCs is scheduled from October 1 to 8, according to the Commission on Elections.
The poll body said the filing of COCs for President, Vice President, Senator, and Partylist Representative, will be held at the Sofitel Garden Tent in Pasay City while the filing for local positions will take place at local Comelec offices in the different cities and municipalities.
“Umaapela tayo sa mga kandidato at kanilang mga taga-suporta na kumilos nang naaayon sa panahon. Kung noon ay hinahayaan natin ang mala-piyestang mga gawain sa filing ng Certificate of Candidacy, hindi natin papayagan ito ngayon dahil nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya,” said PGen Eleazar.
“So we expect the candidates themselves to take their own measures to prevent this from happening for the protection of everybody,” he added.
PGen Eleazar reminded police officers who will be deployed to ensure that the guidelines released by the Comelec regarding the filing of COCs are strictly followed.
“May mga ibinabang guidelines ang Comelec katulad na lamang sa paglimita sa bilang ng mga kasama ng maghahain ng COC. Dapat natin tiyakin na masusunod ito upang maiwasan maging super spreader event ang filing ng COCs,” the Chief PNP said.
The PNP has vowed to ensure an orderly and honest election process, beginning with the filing of COCs up to the declaration of election winners. (ai/mtvn)