With the campaign for local polls now in full swing, military troops are instructed to provide area security to prevent any threats against these activities.
"In the advent of the start of the local campaign period, the Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., has reiterated his instructions to AFP field units to always anticipate the security needs of the candidates by providing area security," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato told the Philippine News Agency when asked on how the military plans to secure the countryside during the campaign season.
The campaign period for local election formally started last March 29 and will last for some six weeks.
While fulfilling this duty, the AFP official reminded troops to remain non-partisan.
"And while doing this mandated task, they must maintain to be non-partisan and to make sure voters will enjoy the freedom to vote for their chosen candidate without fear or intimidation," Detoyato added.