The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) have identified forty-one police personnel who are related to candidates vying for various elective posts in the May 2022 polls.
The announcement was made by PPPO director Col. Richmond Tadina on Monday, Nov. 22, during his courtesy call before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board).
Although he did not mention any names, Tadina said these police officers are related to candidates by either sanguinity or affinity.
Tadina said if a chief of police has spent at least two years in a particular town or city, and those rank and file police who have served for 10 years, they will be considered by the Police Regional Office for reshuffling or transfer to prevent influence in the upcoming national and local elections.
Meanwhile, Tadina in a separate forum said they are waiting for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to furnish them with the final copy of the list of candidates before determining areas to be declared under hotspot.
“With the list of candidates from Comelec, we would be able to identify hotspot areas based on the previous elections where there were intense political rivalries,” he said.