ROOKIE policemen will be facing a formidable task this coming May 9 synchronized national and local elections where more than 50 million Filipinos will elect a new leader, a ranking police official said Friday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez said rookie policemen will be deployed for election duties next month.
“Their (rookie policemen) first mission will be in the laying down of election paraphernalia for the coming election,” Marquez said.
The PNP chief added that he had already tasked all PNP units to prepare the list of their new personnel who would be deployed for election duties in next month’s presidential election.
Marquez added that the primary job of the 213 new policemen belonging to the ‘Masundayaw’ Class of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) are to escort personnel of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) along with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the delivery of vote counting machines (VCM) in different parts of the country.
The delivery of the VCM will take place on the first week of May, the PNP chief said.
Marquez added that other members of the ‘Masundayaw’ Class will also be deployed in Mindanao if necessary for similar duties and roles.
“One week before the election… they should already be in their positions for their election duties,” Marquez said.
The PNP chief emphasized that even if they are new in the police service, the rookies should be given difficult assignments in major events taking place in the country to familiarized them with their duties as law enforcers.
Marquez admitted that the deficiency in the number of policemen in the entire country will be augmented by personnel of the AFP to ensure that the coming May 9, 2016 election will be peaceful and orderly.
Since the start of the election period last January, the PNP campaign to ensure Secure And Fair Elections (SAFE 2016) resulted in the neutralization of 8, 850 wanted persons from January 10 up to April 10, 2016. The PNP Directorate for Operations (DO) said 8,079 of them were arrested, 760 surrendered, and 11 were killed.