THE Philippine National Police (PNP) had started deploying its personnel to act as security escorts to some candidates in the upcoming synchronized national and local elections on May 9, 2016.
Supt. Rogelio Simon, spokesman of the PNP’s Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG), said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) did not grant all of the requests it received from politicians for police security escorts.
“Of the 129 candidates that have applied with the Comelec, only 58 of them were approved,” Simon said.
Most of the candidates who will be given police escorts are running for national positions.
Simon said the Comelec denied the application for police escorts of candidates who failed to show proof that they are in grave danger during the campaign period.
Candidates for local positions will not be given police details but will have protective agents as security escorts during the campaign period.
The PSPG spokesman said that up to two police personnel have been assigned as security escorts of candidates.
Simon said that they have more than 250 police personnel on standby.
“We are ready to provide security details to candidates that will apply for police protection. We expect a possible surge of candidates seeking police protection as the Election Day draws nearer,” he said.