Some mayors ask for security escorts – PNP
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Several incumbent mayors in Negros Occidental are asking for police security escorts as campaigning for local candidates kicks off March 25, deputy provincial police spokesman PLt said. Abegael Donasco confirmed yesterday.
All requests for security escorts will be reviewed by the Joint Provincial Security Coordination Center, with approval coming solely from the Electoral Commission, Donasco pointed out.
The clarification was made by Donasco following reports that candidates may be banned by the New People’s Army from entering their so-called “guerrilla zone” if they do not pay the “permit the country “.
Although they have not yet received any complaints from candidates who may be victims of extortionist activities by the NPA, Donasco urged those who may receive extortionate letters to report them directly to the PCol. Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director Leo Pamittan for immediate action.
Candidates must check whether their safety is at risk so that the PNP can provide them with safety, with the approval of JPSCC and Comelec, she added.
Brig. General Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, urged candidates in the May 9 national and local elections to reject demands for extortion from the CPP-NPA during the campaign period.
As is standard practice, the NPA sent extortion letters to candidates demanding money in exchange for the so-called “license to campaign.”*