Verzosa: No intel report on possible military takeover

March 22, 2010 11:45 pm 

MANILA, March 22 – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa on Monday said the police organization has not gathered any intelligence report of a possible military takeover should there be a failure of elections in May.

”There is none,” said Verzosa when asked if the PNP is receiving such information during an interview at the 113th Anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has earlier dismissed speculation of military takeover in case there would be failure of elections in May.

The AFP maintained it will uphold the Constitution and vowed to protect the people’s votes.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit has said that the military would ensure a credible elections in May. He asked military critics to spare the AFP from partisan politics.

Verzosa said the 130,000-strong PNP is ready for any eventuality in connection with the upcoming May presidential elections.

”We always consider all possibilities,” said Verzosa.

Meanwhile, Verzosa sought to downplay supposed attempts to drive a wedge between the PNP and the AFP.

Verzosa instead cited the close coordination between the PNP and the AFP in performing their election duties as prescribed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) under the Joint Security and Coordinating Centers (JSCCs) throughout the country.

The JSCCs, manned jointly by police and military elements and supervised by the Comelec, are implementing the nationwide total gun ban, part of the government’s step-up measures to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections.

Aside from the gun ban, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also ordered the AFP and the PNP to dismantle all private armed groups (PAGs) operating in the country to prevent election-related violence. (PNA) RMA/MM


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