Police beefs up force for May 13 polls

  • Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    AFP News
    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition. Tyrone Sevilla, who arrived in Australia from the Philippines legally as a two-year-old with his mother Maria Sevilla, has written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton asking to stay. The letter, which reads: "Dear Mr Dutton, can I stay in Australia please... Tyrone," was the first one her son …

  • Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    AFP News
    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo is "sympathetic" about the plight of a Filipina facing death for drug trafficking and has promised to look into her case, a spokesman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday after he made a personal appeal. While the comments seemed to indicate a faint prospect of reprieve for Mary Jane Veloso, the Indonesian leader is seen as extremely unlikely to change course on the executions which he has insisted for months are essential to halting a national …

  • Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    AFP News
    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an …

  • Nepal quake toll rises to 4,310: official

    Nepal quake toll rises to 4,310: official

    AFP News
    Nepal quake toll rises to 4,310: official

    The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Nepal has risen to 4,310, the home ministry said on Tuesday. …

  • Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

    Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

    AFP News
    Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

    Authorities ordered thousands of police and National Guard troopers to back up beleaguered officers in the US city of Baltimore after riots triggered by anger over alleged police brutality. Despite appeals for calm from 25-year-old Freddie Gray's family, gangs of mainly African American youths fought street battles with police that left 15 officers hurt. Several local businesses were looted and police vehicles burnt out as disturbances spread through the port city, causing Maryland to declare …

An additional 30,000-strong force will be deployed to ensure secure and fair elections on May 13, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

The reinforcement consists of 18,000 police officers assigned to do desk jobs in various Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters and offices, DILG Chief Manuel "Mar" Roxas said.

The remaining 12,000, he added, will be sourced from new recruits, who are still training to become authorized police officers.

"All of them will get field assignments two weeks before the elections to ensure the presence of the PNP and the government in making this poll peaceful," Roxas said.

Related story: Campaign period 'more peaceful' in 2013, police says

The Cabinet member explained the new recruits will be paired with full-fledged police officers, who will guide them in performing their duties.

The new recruits will not be given any firearms to avoid trouble that may arise from inexperience, PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said.

They will be also be deployed to "less troublesome areas" or the areas outside the 15 priority areas tagged by police last year, Roxas further noted.

The 15 areas are Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.

Also read: Philippine rebels rake it in from vote extortion, official says

"They will be used to increase PNP's presence during election day. Those who would need help may ask help from them," Roxas said.

The announcement came as Roxas launched DILG's "Oplan Last Two Weeks" that will put in place security measures starting May 3 until May 16 or three days after the election day.

Roxas also announced that the DILG and PNP have cancelled the all application for leaves during the two weeks covering the election day on May 13.

Agencies already established links with telecommunication and power companies to prevent service disruptions during the polls, the Cabinet official said.

Every Pinoy votes will have to choose about 30 to 31 candidates on May 13, but here's how many elective positions are up for grabs for the local and national polls. (Infographic by CJ Brosas)
1 / 3
Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 6:00 PM PHT

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP
    ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP

    Security officials yesterday maintained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not penetrated the Philippines following an expert’s warning that the group poses a threat to the country. Abu Sayyaf, BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters), private armed groups to our knowledge are the people making problems down south,” Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. said. The BIFF and the Abu Sayyaf have pledged allegiance to the ISIS but it remains uncertain whether they are …

  • Cerbo named national police intel chief
    Cerbo named national police intel chief

    Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina yesterday ordered the appointment of PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. as chief of the Directorate for Intelligence. …

  • Pump prices up anew
    Pump prices up anew

    Oil companies announced yesterday another round of price hikes with independent oil firms among the first to issue their respective announcements. PTT Philippines, the local subsidiary of Thailand’s biggest oil firm, and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, another independent oil company, were among the first to issue their respective advisories. Seaoil Philippines also issued its announcement. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options