MANILA- Police escorts assigned to politicians and private individuals will be recalled by the Philippine National Police for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
Over 300 police escorts will be recalled, Chief Superintendent Filmore Escobal, director of the PNP-Police Security Protection Group said Thursday.
The recalled personnel will instead be deployed for poll security. This will prevent police escorts from being used in private armed groups, said Escobal.
"Part yun ng effort ng government to prevent the coherence of election-related violence and also mayroon ng effort ang government addressing yung private armed groups," he said.
(This is part of the government's effort to prevent the coherence of election-related violence. There is also the government's effort to address private armed groups.)
A total of 1,247 politicians, from senators to municipal mayors, are expected to file their certificates of candidacy until October 17.
Escobal said from the 1,247 personalities, 111 politicians have 192 police escorts.
Another 92 private individuals meanwhile have 139 police escorts.
Escobal said politicians who want to retain their police escorts will have to ask for the Commission of Elections' approval.
Meanwhile, the following officials will continue to have their police security detail: President, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House, Secretary of National Defense, Interior Secretary, Comelec Chairman and Commissioners, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Major Service Commanders, PNP chief and senior officers.
In June 13, 2019, police escorts will be returned to the politicians and private individuals.