Marquez to Bicol police: Toe the line

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LEGAZPI CITY: Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director Ricardo Marquez told Bicol policemen to be loyal soldiers at all times, and to always toe the line, as change is coming with the new administration.

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“Be loyal to the badge you wear. Change is coming, you’ll have new chief PNP on June 30. So whoever the President and chief PNP our work is the same,” Marquez told the men and women of the Bicol PNP, led by regional director Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez.

Marquez arrived here on Thursday, meeting with the regional police force for a post assessment of the concluded 2016 synchronized elections, particularly in the Bicol Region, where the island province of Masbate was placed under Commission on Elections (Comelec) control because of the presence of partisan private armed groups, communist guerrillas, and intense political rivalries.

The PNP and the Armed Forces deployed about 2,000 troops to thwart election-related violence in the province.

Marquez said the 2016 polls, specifically in Masbate, was most peaceful in history, with the strong cooperation of the public and of government forces to prevent bloody elections.

He also directed his men to continue working and be on the streets at all times to deter crime, so the people will be safe from lawless elements.

The outgoing PNP chief will be retiring in July, and will tender his courtesy resignation to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

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