The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service has filed charges against 33 out of 69 police personnel who were caught escorting politicians without permission from the Commission on Elections.
On the first day of the local level campaign period, the PNP-IAS released a list of policemen who will face grave misconduct charges with possible dismissal from the service for violating PNP and Comelec protocol.
PNP- IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said 69 police personnel were caught moonlighting and serving as police escorts to candidates.
Triambulo said the police received money for being security escorts while on regular duty. Thirty-three police officers have been charged while the other 36 are being investigated.
"The IAS launched last January a Bantay Kapulisan para sa Halalan 2019 campaign because we have been receiving complaints about cops being used as security escorts to harass political opponents, and for vote-buying," Triambulo said.
Some of those caught moonlighting were 2 policemen from Ilocos Region escorting a congressman. Six policemen in Cagayan Valley were charged for providing security to a congressman and governor without authorization.
In Calabarzon, 13 policemen were charged for escorting a senator and congressman.
Another 7 policemen were charged in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) and Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) for providing security to a mayor and congressman.
More than 40 police in Davao region and ARMM were also caught providing escort to a mayor, vice mayor, governor, vice governor, congressman, senator and assemblyman.
Triambulo said police personnel with cases were placed in the PNP Holding and Accounting Unit. "We put them in the holding and accounting unit to speed up the process of the complaints," the official said.
PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac reminded police personnel to remain apolitical and not to escort politicians or candidates without permission from Comelec.