Duterte to AFP and PNP: Don’t endorse politicians for 2019 elections
President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) not to endorse politicians for the 2019 elections.
The election season is fast approaching and those who are set to run are beginning to do some preparations.
Endorsement from prominent and powerful people in society can be an advantage to one politician.
On the other hand, the Chief Executive of the Philippines gave a warning to the members of AFP and PNP not to endorse any politician.
Based on the report in Remate, President Duterte said that even though he is endorsing candidates, those in the armed forces should not campaign for them.
He also warned policemen and military personnel who are with politicians not to threaten the voters.
The President also said that once there is a report about a member of the armed forces who threatened a voter, he will be the one who will face them.
Duterte added that he will be the one who will arrest the perpetrator.
For the Chief Executive, AFP and PNP should let voters freely choose who they want to vote.
Meanwhile, the President of the Philippines ordered them that politicians should only have a maximum of two security escorts. Exceeding this number would mean that it is already a private armed group (PAG).
The law also prohibits this to happen, based on the report.
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