PNP holds simultaneous nationwide prayer for H.O.P.E

April 28, 2010 7:41 pm 

MANILA, April 28 — Simultaneous ceremonies were held today in all city and municipal police stations across the country, marking the national day of prayer for honest, orderly and peaceful elections.

The center of nationwide prayer for HOPE activities was in Camp Crame where police personnel stationed in the National Headquarters joined representatives from the clergy and other stakeholders in a national prayer for clean and credible elections on May 10.

In his message, PNP Chief, Director General Jesus A. Verzosa urged all sectors of Philippine society to support all efforts to ensure the holding of honest, orderly and peaceful elections.

As a component of the Joint Security Control Commitees (JSCC) in the national, regional, provincial and municipal level, the PNP is now in the thick of election security operations alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government law enforcement agencies to enforce election laws being implemented by the Comelec for the May 10 national elections.

"Thru the national prayer for HOPE, we expect all stakeholders to unite behind a common national objective of securing the future of our nation," Verzosa said.

The Chief PNP was in Davao City on Wednesday where he led the PNP delegation to a Forum for Peace organized by the Bishop-Ulama Conference.

"As we have committed ourselves to build bridges of solidarity, reconciliation and peace by way of dialogue, we have taken the initial critical steps toward realizing our collective dream to achieve lasting peace thru prayer, national reconciliation and respectful dialogue amongst the clergy, religious, military and police components of this peace forum," Verzosa told the congregation of Christian and Muslim leaders in the dialogue.

He also called on religious leaders for support to peace and order initiatives of the PNP especially in the coming May 10 national elections.

This developed as Verzosa reiterated an earlier directive prohibiting political campaign materials inside PNP camps and offices.

The Chief PNP specifically instructed the Headquarters Support Service to prohibit entry in Camp Crame of vehicles with campaign posters, stickers and other political campaign materials.

"The PNP remains apolitical and we want to maintain that position beyond any suspicion or trace of political color, Verzosa said.

"Lessons must be learned from the experience of other agencies that allowed political activities inside its premises and facilities", PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt Leonardo A. Espina said, referring to a recent incident in a jail facility where Maguindanao massacre suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. was allowed to hold a press conference and make political statements.

"The PNP must always remain apolitical thus, we appeal to all candidates to please spare our camps from any political activities of whatever form", the PNP Spokesperson further added. (PNA)

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