Law enforcement units tackle preparations for 2013 polls

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


TO discuss their preparations for the national elections next year, different law enforcement units and government agencies met at a hotel in Cebu City yesterday.

The meeting was organized by the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC), an offshoot of the Joint Security Control Center, which was created before the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections in October 2010.

Representatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penelogy (BJMP), National Intelligence Coordinating Authority (Nica), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources joined in the activity.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said they will ensure that next year’s elections will be peaceful, radio dyHP reported.

The towns in the region declared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as election hotspots in 2010 will be given focus, said Garbo.

The police official said the intelligence community should continue gathering information to thwart plans of any group to disturb the peace in Central Visayas.

Brigadier Gen. Roberto Almadin, co-chairman of the JPSCC, said there is not much problem in Cebu Province when it comes to peace and order.

“It’s more fun in Cebu,” he said.

Almadin said they are focusing on Eastern Visayas, because some of its towns are still infested with New People’s Army rebels. He said he doesn’t believe the rebels will come back to Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2012.

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