Money ban ‘difficult to implement,’ says PNP
Police personnel already spread thinly, and 'money ban' duties add to their tasks, says PNP

MANILA, Philippines – It will be “difficult” to implement the limits on cash withdrawals and transport, if the Philippine National Police (PNP) is to be asked.

“It will be difficult to implement,” said PNP Director General Alan Purisima, citing that it will be an added task for the police force this election season.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) started implementing a “money ban” Wednesday, May 8, in an effort to curb vote buying.

Comelec Resolution No. 9688 prohibits cash withdrawals of more than P100,000 until election day, Monday, May 13, invoking Article IX-C, Sections 2.4 and 4 of the 1987 Constitution.

Under the rule, the PNP is tasked to set up checkpoints to inspect if people are transporting cash larger than the limit. This will be on top of their duties to monitor violations of the gun and liquor bans.

“You’re talking about money here and policemen may be blamed if people complain that they lost money,” Purisima said.

Purisima will meet with Comelec to talk about guidelines in implementing the resolution.

The Comelec and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) are already clashing over the said ban, debating over the legal basis of the rule. –

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