Nearly 200 politicians request police escorts ahead of midterm polls

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2019 05:37 PM

MANILA - More politicians are applying for police escorts as the 2019 midterm elections drew near, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
 
PNP Police Security and Protection Group Director Chief Supt. Filmore Escobal said they have received 186 requests for police escorts-- 94 from government officials and 92 from private individuals. 
 
Of this number, 90 were endorsed by the Commission on Elections and 71 were processed by the PNP.
 
So far, 29 requests from Comelec have been approved covering 15 government officials and 14 private individuals. 
 
A total of 67 applications remain pending, including those from 8 senators, 48 members of the House of Representatives, and 2 governors. 
 
Escobal said he thinks more politicians would apply for police security detail especially before the campaign period. 
 
“Sa tingin ko dadami pa ito. May hahabol pa, wala pa tayo sa campaign period... Kapag malapit na siguro ang campaign period siyempre mag-iikot ang mga kandidato, darami ang applications,” he said.

(I think there will be more applications since the campaign period has not yet started. When the campaign period nears, candidates will be making rounds so applications will increase too.)

The campaign period for senatorial and party-list candidates will start on Feb. 12, while candidates for local posts may officially begin their campaign on March 29.

Those seeking to have police escorts may course their requests through the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City and through Regional Joint Security Coordinating Centers (RJSCC) in various regions. 
 
Escobal clarified it is still the Comelec that approves requests for police escorts as it is the election period.