Under the new election ban on firearms and security bodyguards of candidates this election period, the Comelec, en banc, has promulgated Resolution No. 9561-A on Dec. 4, 2012, such rules and regulations foremost of which are:
1. That only candidates for the Senate can avail of security and bodyguards from the police and AFP personnel; and
2. All other local candidates cannot avail of PNP or AFP security, but must avail of the services (upon applications) of not more than two private security and detective and protective agencies.
Citing alleged threats on their lives, four politicians and businessmen have reportedly requested the Commission on Election for threat assessment so they can be provided with security escorts from private security agencies only, as soon as the ban on firearms and bodyguards takes effect on January 13, 2013, the official start of the election period, until June 12, 2013.
Supt. Alet Virtucio, Deputy Director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, refused to identify the politicians, except characterizing them as officials serving the province of Negros Oriental.
No mayor, vice-mayor and councilor in all the 25 cities and municipalities have also requested for security escorts from the Comelec.
Comelec en banc Resolution No. 9385 promulgated on April 3, 2012 is now superceded and amended by Resolution 9561-A, which instituted those significant provisions in order not to abuse the use of the military and police as bodyguards during elections. (by Dems Demecillo)