TO ensure the integrity and impartiality of the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE), Police General Benjamin C Acorda Jr, the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has issued a directive mandating the transfer of PNP uniformed personnel who have relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity running as candidates in the elections.
A thorough review of personnel records and candidate declarations has identified a total of 2,956 PNP personnel who fall under this category. These personnel have been issued reassignment orders to prevent any undue influence or compromise of the electoral process. They will be reassigned to non-election-related duties until the elections conclude.
Chief Acorda emphasized the importance of maintaining public safety and peace during this critical period. He stated, “To uphold the trust of the people, it is crucial that we act with utmost integrity, neutrality, and dedication to the law.”
The reassignment or detail of PNP personnel is prohibited from August 28 to November 29, 2023. However, the PNP is coordinating with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) regarding this movement and future reassignments, as necessary and in the exigency of the service.
It should be noted that the PNP has previously recalled its protective security personnel stationed nationwide. A total of 679 personnel have been recalled from both incumbent public officials and private individuals.
Chief PNP Acorda emphasized the need to maintain professionalism and impartiality during the electoral period. He stated, “The PNP is duty-bound to ensure a fair and unbiased election. We are committed to upholding our role in ensuring a peaceful and transparent electoral process.”
The PNP remains committed to preventing any potential conflict of interest and upholding the principle of neutrality in the electoral process.