LAW-enforcement will be stepped up in the coming months as part of preparations for the 2016 presidential elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Wednesday.
In particular, the PNP bared the creation of Special Operations Task Groups (SOTGs) at the regional level to address private armed groups or the so-called PAGs and other high-profile targets.
The task groups will help ensure early activation of election duties and activities of the
PNP, according to Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., also deputy chief for operations.
Garbo recently met with officials of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, Directorate for Operations, Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management, Directorate for Comptrollership, Directorate for Personnel and Resource Management and Chief of the Public Information Office on factors that may affect peaceful and orderly conduct of elections next year.
The meeting also tackled the PAGs, police-community partnership, campaign against loose firearms and criminal gangs and other threat groups.
Maximum deployment of PNP personnel for election duties will be ensured as officials agreed to also deploy office personnel including those attending career courses or foundation training.