Police on red alert for 2-day holiday-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
AFTER the peaceful conduct of the barangay elections last Monday, police are now preparing for the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino said they will stay on full-alert status for Oplan Kaluluwa. He said all of their personnel are expected to be present.
In Cebu City, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed in three major cemeteries: Calamba, Carreta and Queen City Garden.
“There will be many people flocking in cemeteries, terminals and seaports because of the holidays,” said Cebu City Police Office Director Noli Romana.
Police will impose strict measures in the entrances of cemeteries to make sure no contraband gets in. Firearms, bladed weapons and other items that might be used to commit crimes will be confiscated.
Meanwhile, Constantino said the canvassing and proclamation of winners of the recent polls in Central Visayas, except in Bohol Province, went smoothly.
“Overall, everything was peaceful,” he said.
In the region, three poll-related incidents were recorded.
A policeman shot and injured a man inside a polling precinct in Negros Oriental while pacifying a fight. (There were no details of the incident.)
Also, a platoon from Regional Public Safety Battalion 7 that was deployed in Zamboanga last month was sent to Sulu during the elections, where they served as members of the Board of Election Tellers after teachers refused to perform election duties.
They had to undergo training on election duties and were told to maintain independence.
Constantino said members of the platoon were supposed to go home when the Commission on Elections asked for their help.
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“As deputized agents, we just followed them,” he said.
The platoon was sent to Zamboanga City last Sept. 11 to serve as an augmentation force in the clash between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front.
Constantino also said they are waiting for PO1 Mary Marquez’s explanation as to why she reportedly declared a failure of election in Barangay Amancion, Catmon, Cebu.
Marquez is assigned in the Police Community Relations of Catmon Police Station.
Constantino said Marquez will undergo a pre-charge evaluation as she was not authorized to make such a declaration.
He said a failure of election can only be declared if no one casts a vote in a polling precinct, or if no one was proclaimed, or if there was an election but the process was stopped due to certain reasons.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.