LEGAZPI CITY, May 2 (PNA) -- Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol regional director, and other officials of Police Regional Office 5 led the region's police officers in the recitation and signing of the Oath of Non-Partisanship in the coming local and national elections after the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the parade ground of Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here Monday.
The activity at the camp was held simultaneously with the similar events in the six provincial offices and all city and municipal police stations in the entire region as part of the program of PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez for the police to avoid getting involved in politics.
Marquez said Monday's oath-taking was simultaneous with similar moves done in the 17 other regions of the country to show to all that police officers are here not to be part of politics and political activities of the candidates or any political party but to serve and protect during the election period to preserve the sanctity of the ballot and maintain peace and order.
He said they will ensure that the voice of the majority of the people will be heard as, he said, "Vox populi, Vox Dei" or the "Voice of the People is the Voice of God.
Marquez called on his men to ensure that no one of them will be biased or partisan in the enforcement of law and order during the election as the future of the country lies in it.
He assured that in line with his policy, he has transferred some of his trusted officers who have relatives running for the positions in the coming elections.
The PNP-Bicol chief cited as an example the case of Sr. Supt. Leonidas Castillo, chief of the 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion, who he removed as one of the officials of the Regional Special Operation Task Group-Masbate to prevent him from going to Masbate where his brother is running for mayor in Mobo town.
Marquez added that he also moved Castillo's nephew, Supt. Brian Castillo of the Masbate Police Provincial Office, to the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division inside Camp Ola for the same reason.(PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/cbd