THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday announced their readiness to cooperate and help the incoming Commander-in-Chief.
Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said in a joint police and military news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City that it is “within the powers of the newly elected President to give directives to the police and the military in fulfilling their mandated tasks.”
The PNP spokesman made the statement in the face of a huge margin enjoyed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte against his rivals in the presidential race in the recently concluded local and national elections on Monday.
At present, it would be highly improbable for Duterte’s opponent to narrow down his lead based on the partial unofficial tally coming from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparent server and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
Mayor said the PNP would immediately obey whatever orders will be issued to them by the newly elected President.
The AFP, through its spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, said they are more than ready to cooperate and serve under whoever will eventually be the new Commander-in-Chief.
Just like in past elections, according to Padilla, the military aims to “protect the sanctity of the electoral process in the country to ensure that the people will elect the leader of their choice.”
At the same time, he enjoined the public to move on after the voting process will have been completed.
“Although we cannot avoid negative news, they are not even one percent of the whole of good information and actual events happening in the country,” Padilla told the joint police and military news briefing.
The AFP spokesman was referring to threats, bombings, shootings and harassments that were reported during Monday’s balloting.
Padilla said the “delightful” information being noted by the public in the past few days was the very fast-faced canvassing of votes in which 90 percent of votes from polling precincts had been counted as of Tuesday based on the PPCRV count.
The AFP spokesman added that the whole world is now watching the Philippines and waiting for the outcome of the democratic process participated in by 100 million Filipinos.
“In fact, there are foreign observers in the country watching and monitoring the electoral process and it’s a clear proof to them that we have just concluded peaceful elections in the country,” Padilla said.