MANILA — Judges who receive death threats may seek protection from the police force, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said Wednesday.
Gamboa said there is a "nationwide directive" for all police forces to provide security to judges after the murder of Judge Mario Bañez in La Union last Nov. 5.
"Kung gusto naman nila ang PNP mag-provide ng security on judges then we are obliged actually to protect them," he said.
"Kahit provincial level or kahit chief o police level, they have the authority to deploy security but [for a] specific period of time," he added.
Bañez, an Ilocos Sur Regional Trial Court judge, was shot dead in San Fernando City while he was on his way home.
Bañez is the 31st judge killed since January 1999 and the 5th under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to data from the Office of the Court Administrator.