The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will consult with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regarding requests from public officials or candidates to take down election paraphernalia displayed in various places.
“If there is a go signal from the Comelec and the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government), then we will assist in the removal of these materials. We just wanted to maintain our neutrality, so in every crucial action, this must have the authority of the Comelec,” PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.
The PNP was reacting to the order of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on the removal of election-related materials on public property in the city.
Carlos said the PNP is aware of the campaign materials being mounted even in conspicuous places, but the Comelec guidelines enumerated areas where these materials are prohibited.
“One thing is for sure, we won’t allow these campaign materials to be posted on police stations and offices. The PNP will immediately order the removal of such,” Carlos said.
Meanwhile, the PNP chief concurred with former PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar’s statement that there is no more padrino system in the PNP recruitment process.
The nameless and faceless QR (quick response) Code system has effectively eliminated possible opportunities for undue third-party intervention in the recruitment process.