PNP Directorate for Operations
Press Statement of the Chief, PNP Director General RICARDO C MARQUEZ
May 8, 2016
We, in the PNP, remain non-partisan and apolitical, and must never allow ourselves to be used for anyone’s political ends.
While the law respects the Constitutional right of individuals to suffrage, we encourage every supporters them to perform their acts peacefully and within the bounds of law as it is also the duty of the PNP to protect the rights of other people which may be violated by their actions.
Also, as the COMELEC Liquor Ban started today, we appeal to the public to follow and support the two day ban of liquors. As stated in COMELEC Resolution No. 10095, individuals shall not be allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve, or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in the Philippines.
Violation of said prohibited acts shall be punishable with imprisonment of not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) years and shall not be subject to probation, and in addition, the guilty party shall suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage.
The PNP in coordination with the AFP has deployed sufficient forces to ensure our people that the Election Day (May 9) will be peaceful safe and secure. The PNP, together with other agencies are ready to secure all vital installations and economic key points and other places of convergence.
Moreover, COMELEC-AFP-PNP Checkpoints will be continuously conducted all throughout the country to effectively implement firearms ban during the election period.
We call to the public to be vigilant at all times to prevent unscrupulous individuals and lawless elements from taking advantage of them and from using them for their sinister motives.
The PNP assures the public that it is doing its best efforts in order to uphold the security and integrity of the National and Local Elections 2016 and effectively counter possible election mischief as well as to sustain peace and order in the country.