Over 14,000 Metro Manila policemen deployed as campaign period for nat’l candidates starts

(Eagle News)—–More than 14,000 policemen from the National Capital Region Police Office have been deployed in Metro Manila as the campaign for national candidates officially kicked off on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

With the start of the campaign period, over 60 senatorial candidates and 154 party-list groups will be more visible as they aim to get votes in time for the elections in May.

NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar reminded the candidates to “properly coordinate with the authorities concerned to secure necessary permits for their political rallies and mitings de avance.”

“The proper permits and clearances will pave the way for a more secure and orderly gathering for candidates, audiences and the entire neighborhood,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar noted that with the start of the campaign, the Metro Manila police will increase its frequency of checkpoints which aim to deter criminal elements and to provide the public a venue to report discourteous policemen.

“I ask the public to be patient and understanding, as our security activities are for the good of everybody,” he said.

He said the NCRPO will continue to implement the gun ban and reminded candidates about the ban on the use of security personnel and/or bodyguards by those seeking positions unless authorized by the poll body.

As for his men, he reminded them to maintain an apolitical stance in handling cases.