Binay: No 'Mamasapano clash' under my leadership

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Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay was the guest speaker at the Philippine National Police Academy's alumni homecoming.

Silang, Cavite (CNN Philippines) — Politicians have turned the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Alumni Homecoming into a campaign rally.

Although there was an absence of posters and jingles, some candidates still managed to roam around to shake hands with people and grant photo sessions.

Presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay, vice presidential candidates Sens. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II, and senatorial candidate Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez joined their adopting PNPA classes during the parade.

"Everything I do, since I am a candidate, is politicking but this is something I do consistently. This is not something that I do now because it's the campaign period," Marcos said.

Honasan said the same thing.

"I have been invisible for the past three years until I was drafted to become the running mate, the vice presidential candidate of the UNA. So we are not here to politick," he said.

senatorial candidate Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez joined their adopting PNPA classes during the parade.

Binay vows to help improve police force

But Binay, being the guest speaker, has even presented his platform and plans for the Philippine National Police (PNP) should he be the next president.

Among the promises he made were higher bonuses to active police officers, additional housing units, hiring 50,000 more policemen to meet the ideal 1:500 police to population ratio, and modernizing the PNP to enable law enforcement agencies to meet criminals head on.

"Mangyayari ito kung masusunod ang tinig ng taumbayan sa darating na eleksyon. Mamumuno ako ng ating bansa na dala-dala ko ang aking malawak na karanasan, kakayahang mamahala at pagmamalasakit sa ating mga kababayan," Binay said.

[Translation: "This will happen if the voice of the people is followed this elections. I will lead the country with my vast experience in tow, competence in governance, and concern for our countrymen."]

Binay has also pointed out that justice has been elusive for the death of police commandos during the Mamasapano encounter January last year.

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Six of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who were killed in the encounter were graduates of the PNPA. They were Sr. Insp. Ryan Pabalinas, Sr. Insp. John Gary Erana, Sr. Insp. Max Jim Tria, Sr. Insp. Cyrus Anniban, Sr. Insp. Gednat Tabdi, and Sr. Insp. Rennie Tayrus.

"We will provide a decisive and efficient leadership that will respect and abide by the established principle of chain of command within the PNP. Under my watch, there will be no more Mamasapanos," Binay said.

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PNP reminds members to stay apolitical

The PNPA said that based on guidelines, campaigning during the alumni homecoming is prohibited.

But they did not see anything wrong with the presence of Binay and other candidates.

"It's an alumni homecoming. It's not a political affair. Hindi naman ito grand rally. Anyway, they are adopted members of the class but we make sure they won't campaign here," Chief Insp. Ritchie Yatar, PNPA spokesperson, said in a mix of English and Filipino.

The PNP has earlier hoped the alumni homecoming of the PNPA would not become a political platform, especially that majority of PNPA alumni are in active service and should not be involved in any political activity.

Although policemen are free to choose whoever they wanted to vote for, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said they are not allowed to campaign or show support to a candidate in public.

Related: PNP chief Marquez to police: Remain apolitical in 2016 elections