PNP chief allays fears of abuse amid state of emergency in Sulu

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday allayed public fears that the state of emergency imposed in Sulu province would be used by authorities to abuse citizens.

A report aired over radio dzXL quoted PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa as saying that he personally monitors the situation in the southern province to ensure that authorities would not use exploit the crisis for their personal interests.

He added that the police and the military are not allowed to carry guns if they are not on duty.

Verzosa also encouraged citizens to inform him should they find any law enforcer abusing his powers.

Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan on Tuesday declared a state of emergency including a curfew, roadblocks and redeployment of government forces shortly after the Abu Sayyaf’s 2 p.m. deadline to behead one of the abducted Red Cross volunteers expired.

Tan said he made the declaration for the protection of Sulu residents who could be affected by the Abu Sayyaf activities.

Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm  Comments Off on PNP chief allays fears of abuse amid state of emergency in Sulu  
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