Security operations during the election period will intensify amid recent attacks on local officials, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac said on Wednesday.
"Ang pahayag ng ating pinuno ng Philippine National Police, si Director-General Oscar Albayalde, nagbigay na siya ng direktiba sa lahat ng ating regional directors nationwide na paigtingin pa lalo ang ating checkpoint operations," Banac said in an interview on GMA News TV's Balitanghali.
He added that the police will also beef up pursuit operations against criminal groups and the strict enforcement of the gun ban to ensure that election laws will be upheld.
On Tuesday, the vehicle of San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya was ambushed by still-unidentified gunmen in Talisay City.
Reluya was wounded, but her husband and two others were killed.
The mayor claimed that the attack might be politically motivated, an angle that Albayalde said the police will be looking into.
Banac, however, said that a special investigation task group is still conducting a probe to identify the motive behind the crime. — Dona Magsino/BM, GMA News