PNP should “level up” measure against possible flare up of incidents of crime

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos oversees the incorporation of Philippine National Police Academy cadets of the B.S. Public Safety Class 2019. Camp General Castaneda, Silang, Cavite.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today asked the Philippine National Police to level up in terms of their anti-criminality campaign, particularly on measures to address the expected flare up of election-related violence with the onset of the May 2016 elections.

“We are already dealing with serious problems on drugs, incidents of robberies, holdups, killings, and recent incidents of kidnapping. It’s but prudent for the PNP to intensify their preparations against the possible increase of election-related violence,” Marcos said.

The senator noted that last Monday Tungawan, Zamboanga-Sibugay Mayor Randy Climaco was slain in an ambush just hours after filing his certificate of candidacy at the local office of the Commission on Elections.

Six other individuals were injured in the ambush, including Tungawan Vice Mayor Abdurauf Abison.

“While authorities have yet to determine if this incident was indeed politically-motivated, the timing sends a clear signal to the PNP to ramp up the preventive measures they are preparing to deter similar incidents that could occur as the election day draws nearer,” said Marcos who is the incumbent chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government.

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Last Tuesday Marcos filed before the main office of the COMELEC his certificate of candidacy for the post of vice president in the 2016 polls. One of the issues Marcos vowed to address if he wins is the alarming increase in the incidents of crime in the country.

“The only way to do that is to provide full support to our law enforcement. In addition we have to bring back our focus on values formation,” Marcos said in a radio interview.

“Let’s bring back discipline. When I talk to ordinary people many of them say what we need is a stronger government that is ran more efficiently,” he added.

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