AFP, PNP on red alert for May 10 polls
Manila (5 May) -- Effective Wednesday, all police and military units all over the country will be placed on high alert status, signaling the start of massive and more aggressive operations against groups which threaten to disrupt the peaceful and credible conduct of the historic automated elections on May 10, 2010.
Director General Jesus Verzosa, Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the full alert for police forces and the red alert status hoisted by the military means that there would be intensified intelligence-gathering against enemies, policemen, and soldiers visibility in the streets and target-hardening of voting centers across the country.
Verzosa said the leaves of absence of all police and military personnel were also cancelled to make sure that they will have enough forces to maintain peace and order from Wednesday until the proclamation of winners are made by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). (PIA-Bohol) [top]