“The good thing about this is under the red category, we have only 3% out of the total 1,438 number of towns in the country and we also have 5% of 146 cities in the country. So, ‘yun lang ‘yung figure natin translated into just 39 towns and seven cities na pinaka-typical natin na binabantayan,” he said.
Those under the Category Green are areas with “no security concern and are relatively peaceful and orderly,” while Category Yellow refers to those with a “history of election related violence or the existence of intense partisan political rivalry, but without the participation of domestic terror groups.”
Category Orange are areas where there are likewise “serious armed threats posed by domestic terror groups and other analogous armed groups.”
Dubria said that there are areas under the Category Red which come from various regions, but most are from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos clarified that this is just PNP data and will still be validated through the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPIC) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday and may thus still change.
He said that the rest of the election hotspots will also be given a special focus for them not to be areas of concern.
“‘Yung pagbabantay natin during the election period, on how we collectively make sure that they cannot be an area of concern, doon tayo magbe-base –’yung tulong-tulong na pagbabantay to make sure these areas will not be an area of concern at ‘yung mga green will stay green, ‘yung yellow will make it to green areas,” he said.
“Ako ang intention ko (my intention) is to forward deploy all available personnel and just maintain a small number of quick reaction force even at the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) para makita namin (so we can see), let’s say ARMM, how concerned are we going to be come May 9?” he added.
Carlos also said that the PNP will continue to process during the election period all applications for the License To Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF).
However, the permit to carry (PTC) these firearms will be suspended during the election period.
“The ban on the firearms will be [from] January 9 to June 8 of 2022, so definitely ang suspended ‘yung privilege ‘yung (what is suspended is the privilege of) PTC. However, the PNP will not stop in processing their request to be given that privilege, but the effectivity will be not during the period of election,” he said.
Comelec issued Resolution No. 10728 that stated the prohibition on unauthorized firearms and bodyguards ahead of Eleksyon 2022.
On November 18, the PNP said it will focus on controlling the proliferation of illegal firearms and use of unauthorized bodyguards for politicians to help ensure a peaceful and orderly election period.
Carlos then directed concerned police directional staff, area commanders, and national support units to consolidate all resources, personnel, and support systems to observe the mandated police duties by the Comelec. (Jeanne Michael Penaranda)