Candidates in the 2013 elections have been advised by the Philippine National Police to be wary about extortion activities, not only from the New People’s Army, but from other groups and individuals as well.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director of Western Visayas, said there were reports of extortions by the NPA from candidates in previous elections.
Not a single election-related activities had taken place during the filing of certificate of candidacy Oct. 1 to 5 in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, police records show.
Cruz said they have laid down security preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday called on candidates in the province, to immediately report any extortion attempts on them.
Cruz said the monitoring of NPA activities remains a priority of the police in Western Visayas, with the onset of the election period, in January next year.
“ We will do our best effort to ensure that the election next year will be peaceful and orderly,” he stressed.
Police visibility patrol, checkpoint/chokepoint operations, campaign against loose firearms, and other proactive security undertakings will be strictly implemented, Cruz said. *GPB