The Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed over 2,800 police officers ready to step in to perform election duties if there are no available teachers in the precincts during election day.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Sunday 2,838 police officers are prepared to be deputized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to become Board of Elections Inspectors (BEIs).
“Our men and women of the PNP are ready to do their duty under the law. They have already undergone training by the [Commission on Elections] for this contingency and they are on stand-by should their service be required,” said Eduardo Ano, DILG chief.
COMELEC requires public school teachers to serve as BEIs, but “in cases where the peace and order situation so requires as determined by the Commission and where there are no qualified voters willing to serve,” the police may be authorized to take the role as a last resort, according to the Election Service Reform Act.
Earlier, a COMELEC official reprimanded the police for allowing one of their officials to inspect vote-counting machines in a COMELEC warehouse in Baguio City without permission.
Of the deployed BEIs from the police, 1,032 will be in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, in case of possible violence in the area.
Here is the deployment of possible police election board inspectors in the country:
NCR – 24
Cordillera – 17
Region 1 – 50
Region 2 – 20
Region 3 – 96
Region IV-A -363
Region 5 – 201
Region 6 – 35,
Region 9 – 136
Region 10 – 415
Region 11 – 175
Region 12 – 43
Region 13 – 231
The PNP is also on full alert status with around 149,830 officers deployed nationwide to ensure security on May 13, it said.