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PNP monitoring 6 active, 138 potential ‘private armies’ –Carlos

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The National Police is conducting an initial nationwide monitoring of six active 138 “potential” private armed groups that may pose a threat to the 2022 elections, its chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.

“Now that the elections are fast approaching, we might expect that these groups may be activated,” Carlos said in a statement.

Also being monitored are the larger rebel and terrorist groups which, according to authorities, were involved in some election-related incidents in the past.

Carlos said the PNP is currently profiling members of such groups to determine their connections and capabilities.

“The goal is to halt their ill-intentions in spreading fear and harassing the members of the community,” he said.

The force will also intensify intelligence gathering and the search for loose firearms, Carlos added.

Carlos appealed to the public to help the PNP by reporting suspicious individuals lurking in their areas.

More police personnel will be deployed in areas infested with private armed groups, he said.

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