BACOLOD CITY, April 19 (PNA) — The Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) and 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army are ready for the anticipated “hotly-contested” election in the province next month.
Officer-in-Charge Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz and 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Jon Aying declared this in a joint press conference Thursday.
De la Paz said additional 72 police officers from Special Action Force of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) recently arrived in the metro to back-up their intense security operations.
De la Paz said their units in the province are on alert as they expect pocket of incidents to happen as election approaches.
But the police official assured that they can handle the anticipated crime scenarios during the election process.
On his part, Aying confirmed that the “permit to campaign” rates of the New People’s Army (NPA) have gone up by three percent.
Aying, however, refused to disclose the exact amount asked by the rebels from politicians.
Both the police and military urged politicians not to give in to the demands of the rebels.
Instead, politicians are advised to report extortion activities so that authorities can respond to it properly. (PNA)