The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has sought the replacement of police officials linked with election-related cases particularly those who were “closely identified” with the Liberal Party (LP).
According to UNA, some of these policemen are still assigned in provincial and regional directorates.
“With practically less than 60 days to go before the elections, Comelec needs to preempt a scenario where election operators may exploit the situation and plot their moves. Sa ngayon [Right now] only the Comelec can foil any attempt by urging the PNP and AFP to reshuffle their officers and assign them in areas that are far from these election manipulators,” Mon Ilagan, the party’s spokesperson, said in a statement issued on Sunday.
According to UNA, the poll body should show and assure the public that police commanders under its supervision are non-partisan.
The party mentioned Police Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang whom it identified as the current Sta. Rosa, Laguna police chief. According to Ilagan, Maclang has a string of cases including election-related harassment.
“Ang panawagan ng Pangulo na dapat proteksyunan ng PNP ang boto ay walang saysay at di kapanipaniwala dahil ang mga kagaya ni Supt. Maclang na pinakawalan ng Administrasyon noong 2013 elections para manggipit ng mga taga-Oposisyon at mang-harass ng mga kalaban ng LP, ay binigyan pa ng promotion kahit na sunod-sunod ang mga kasong inaalikabok lang [The President’s call for the PNP to protect the vote is meaningless and not believable because the likes of Supt. Maclang whom the administration sent out during the 2013 elections to harass those from the Opposition and LP’s rivals were promoted despite cases that have only gathered dust],” Ilagan said.
UNA also alleged that administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd somehow managed to deploy people in key posts before resigning from the Cabinet.
Roxas was former Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has supervision over the PNP.
“Bahagi na ng network ng LP ang mga naka-pwesto ngayon sa mga probinsya at rehiyon kung saan mabibigyan ng proteksyon ang mga kilalang operators. Bilang pagtanaw ng utang-na-loob, hindi malayong bukas ang mga serbisyo ng mga ito para kay Mar [Those now stationed in the provinces and regions are already part of the LP’s network where their operators will be given protection. As gratitude, it is not far-fetched that their services are open for Mar],” Ilagan said.
“We can now see that the Liberal Party has its people assigned in areas where they can freely maneuver. Ngayon hawak na nila ang network ng mga police commander sa local level na pwede nilang paandarin anytime [Now they have a network of police commanders in the local level at their disposal],” he added.