BORONGAN, May 11, 2019–Police and other law enforcement units are now on high alert, a few days before the barangay and SK elections.
This comes after it was confirmed that there are sixty identified election watchlist areas in the province.
During the provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council conference yesterday, the PNP Provincial office reported that of the sixty areas in the watchlist, 35 are under category 1, meaning, these areas had incidents of ballot snatching, shooting, and intense political rivalry during the previous elections, while 25 are under category 2 because of the presence and threat of rebel groups.
PNP Provincial Director Tranquilino Araral III made the assurance that policemen are ready to ensure the conduct of a peaceful and orderly election on Monday.
Tight security and public safety operations are being enforced, patrols intensified and checkpoint operation hours will be extended, to prevent the occurence of violent incidents. Araral added that the police regional office has sent additional troops to augment the police force in the province.
The Philippine Army’s 87th and 14th Infantry Batallions have also laid out their security and deployment plans, especially in areas where there are threats from insurgents.
The PNP, AFP and COMELEC signed the Operational Guidelines and Area of Responsibility Demarcation for the elections to outline the responsibilities each organization will take ďuring the election period.
Police and military will provide security to COMELEC personnel who will be bringing election paraphernalia especially in election hotspots.
With all these preparations, authorities are asking everyone to cooperate, be watchful and report any unusual activities.
COMELEC Provincial Officer Atty. Butch Beato said that “one of the indicators of a successful election is when all registered voters have voted according to their will”.
He reminded everyone against vote buying and vote selling. (Eden Cidro/ Este News)