• Bong Revilla-Cavite police standoff continues

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday belied claims of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of “political harassment” as the “stand-off” between the senator and Cavite police continues on its fourth day.

    PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima said no politics was involved in the ongoing drama in Cavite that started Monday when six alleged confidential agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) near Revilla’s residential compound in Bacoor, Cavite.

    “Our policemen in Cavite were just performing its duties and I don’t see any politics involved in the said incident happening in Cavite,” Purisima told reporters during a press conference in Camp Crame on Thursday.

    The PNP chief also denied that they have ignored the letter sent by Senator Revilla to Camp Crame seeking police assistance because of alleged threat or harassment they were getting from their political opponents in the province.

    “We did not . . . we referred the letter to the regional and provincial police commander for appropriate action and conduct police visibility operation in the area,” Purisima explained.
    The PNP chief added that there was no need for him to personally to supervise the ongoing operation since the Southern Tagalog Regional and the Cavite Provincial Police office are on top of the situation.

    As of Thursday, elements of the Cavite police continued to stand guard outside the residential compound of the Revillas where at least 30 suspected gunmen said to be NBI agents have sought refuge on Monday.

    The spokesman for Cavite police, Supt. Rommel Estolano said that they are just waiting for the local court to issue a search warrant to search the Revilla residential compound where the 30 alleged NBI agents have sought refuge.

    The police official said that their policemen will continue to remain in the “immediate vicinity” of the senator’s residential compound, which he maintained as part of their “police visibility” operation.

    Estolano said that they received information that there were some 30 alleged NBI agents that have allegedly hit inside the Revilla’s compound following the arrest on Monday of six other NBI agents.

    The police official said charges have already been filed against five of the NBI, which said to be “confidential agents” for violation of election gun-ban and usurpation of authority, while the organic NBI personnel was released.
    Anthony Vargas

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