Albayalde: PNP keeping eye on 'guns, goons, gold' politicians


Posted at Feb 19 2019 10:15 PM

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MANILA - The country's top cop revealed they have a watchlist of politicians involved in so-called "guns, goons and gold"—factors that lead to election violence.

But Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde is not naming names.

"Not unless probably the president will do it," he told ANC's Beyond Politics.

"We have actually a list but that's for our use only. We maintain what we call a watchlist also on these candidates and also incumbents."

Albayalde said the police have taken steps to make sure the conduct of elections in May will be as peaceful as possible. These include increased police visibility and checkpoint operations, as well as going after criminals and private armed groups.

“I think what's very important here is the cooperation, number one, of the candidates -- probably they have to do away with the guns and goons method. And also the participation of community - that's very, very important," he said.