By MARK FRANCISCO
and PJ M. Tremedal
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao is strongly urging judges in the region who feel they are under threat to apply both authorization to carry firearms and avail of police escorts.
In the wake of the assassination of Ozamiz City Branch 15 Presiding Judge Edmundo Pintac last Monday, Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 spokesperson Senior Supt. Surki Serenas assured the judges that they will immediately process the applications for licenses to carry firearms once they receive them.
The PNP will also assign police officers from the Police Security and Protection Group to escort the beleaguered judges once the police determined that the judicial members needed them.
Serenas said these police officers are especially trained to handle VIP and close-in protection.
According to the Supreme Court (SC) Office of the Court Administrator website, there are 31 judges assigned in the five provinces of Northern Mindanao or Region 10, including the late Pintac.
There were no applications for police escort from these judges as of yesterday, Serenas reported.
This, even as the police official said they are still looking at angles other than work-related in the ambush-slaying of Pintac, who handled the controversial drug charges against the city’s vice mayor there, Nova Princess Parojinog.
Pintac was gunned down inside the vehicle he was driving in Banadero, Ozamiz City Monday afternoon. He succumbed to nine bullet wounds.
Pintac denied the request of the Parojinog siblings’ petition to attend the wake of their parents and relatives who were killed in a bloody police raid last 2017.
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