Amid the spate of killings of local officials, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. said Monday the Philippines is not in a state of lawlessness.
On ANC's Talkback, Durana said the murders of local chief executives do not reflect the real crime situation of the country.
"These three lives, let me categorically state. These three incidents, one in Nueva Ecija, one in Batangas, and one in Trece Martires, these are all unrelated incidents. Different motives, different persons and at the same time we can confidently say there's no pattern," he said.
Durana also said killings may be politically motivated due to the upcoming elections.
He said the PNP is intensifying security efforts.
"This early, the PNP chief issued a directive to review and launch security measures to include intensifying conduct of police visibility, checkpoints and focus law enforcement operation targeting gun for hire and private armed groups," Durana said.
Three local officials were killed in the past week. Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas was shot dead Monday last week, while Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija was shot Wednesday.
Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite was shot dead Saturday.