Manila – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) had requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) to put “all units on heightened alert nationwide from May 10 until 15 for the purpose of preventing violence on media workers who are either running for office or covering the elections.”
The memorandum signed by Jose Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS executive director, was immediately transmitted to the Office of the PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde for appropriate action.
According to Egco, “Elections normally effect major political upheavals in communities where, under normal circumstances, peace and order would prevail. Historically, violence against media workers in the Philippines tends to spike during election season.”
“This is another proactive measure taken by the Task Force to ensure the safety and well-being of our media workers whose life, liberty and security we are sworn to protect under our mandate.
We are assuming that the political environment for the coming elections will not be any different from elections past,” he added.
The Task Force is committed in fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them, especially during elections. (Press Release)