PNP checking 50 private armed groups

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police is looking into over 50 private armed groups (PAGS) operating nationwide as part of its preparations for the upcoming midterm elections next year, its spokesman said Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said that although the exact number of PAGS is yet to be determined, the PNP’s Directorate for Intelligence gave him a working number of 60, with nine allegedly based in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Cerbo, clarified, however, that the DI is yet to review these groups, if they are, indeed private armies, whom he described as a group of two or more people carrying firearms which is being maintained by an individual, or an assembly, to guard his own interests.

“No private armed groups would be spared, whether they are related to any organization, any party, or any individual,” Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, head of Task Force Safe (Secured and Fair Elections) earlier said.

The task force, previously called Hope (Honest, Peaceful and Orderly Elections), was established to secure the 2013 polls.

Purisima said Task Force Safe will go after private armies that cannot be neutralized by local authorities.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJX5I5FJL52QCZDUKDNWOTIZHQ Lateralus

    hanggang “check” lang? di nyo huhulihin ang mga may pakana at myembro ng private armies? teka hindi nyo nga pala pwede hulihin kase kayo2x mga pulis at cafgu ang myembero ng mga private armies at ang mga superiors nyo ay sinusuhulan ng mga pulitiko! only in the philippines!

    • pubringjuandelacruz

       syempre… eto na ung panahon na tiba-tiba na nman ang mga pulis. sayang din ang sideline at additional income. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Sirs  sa PNP,  huwag po kayong magagalit  sa akin !  Kasi po kaninang umaga ang nabasa ko po sa news  ay  natapos  na ng PNP  ang  ” LISTING ”  ng  68  active private armies out of  170 armed groups..  Ngayon naman po ay ” CHECKING ”  na ang ginagawa po   ng PNP  sa mga private armies. Palagay  ko po ang susunod  ay ” MONITORING ” na ng private armies, tapos  malamang  ang susunod na ay ” WATCHING ”  of private armies.  Sirs, baka po makalimutan nyo na kailangan po ay ” DISBANDING ” at ” ARRESTING ”  of private armies bago magdaos ng 2013 elections . . .salamat po. . .

  • boypalaban

    “Purisima said Task Force Safe will go after private armies that cannot be neutralized by local authorities. ”

    ang galing din mag-isip ng pulis na to…lalansagin ng local authorities ang sarili nilang private army? hahahahahaha

  • kipbuts

    Hon. Mayor Rogelio “Bungot” T. Taliño

    The mayor of Carmen, Cotabato should not be left out from the list PAG. He has the deadly armed ‘war dogs’. Nagtataka ang mga botante sa lungsod bakit nanalo ang naturang politiko pati ang kanyang mga utusang kagawad na hindi naman nila ibinoto panahon ng halalan. Bilang kilalang militar sa kapanahonan ng Martial Law, takot ang mga tao pati ang tauhan ng COMELEC.     

  • $14334231

    start with cagayan and ilocos….see if you can dislodge these armies of singson and enrile….hehehe…..oh wait…..pampanga too….pineda, right?…..

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