Barangay polls in Davao Region also ‘peaceful’-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
AUTHORITIES described on Monday the conduct of barangay elections in Davao Region as generally peaceful amid the arrest of a number of violators of the gun ban and liquor ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Chief Superintendent Wency Pascual, director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao, said that as far as peace and order is concerned, not a single election-related incident happened during Monday's voting.
"The city and provincial police offices are giving me updates every two hours. So far, everything is peaceful. In fact, I even roamed around this morning (Monday) pati sa Barangay 23-C... maayos naman ang naging takbo ng election," Pascual said.
The police regional director and the newly-installed Davao City Police Office Director Vicente Danao Jr. visited polling centers in the city before voting started at 7 p.m. Pascual then proceeded to other towns and cities in the region to personally assess the peace and order condition in these areas.
Chief Inspector Jed Clamor, PRO-Davao spokesperson, said that as of Monday, there were already 66 persons arrested for violating the Comelec gun ban, while 90 persons were arrested for violating the liquor ban in Davao Region.
Of the 66 gun ban violators, 35 were arrested in Davao City, nine in Davao del Norte, five in Davao del Sur, three in Davao Oriental, and 14 in Compostela Valley.
A total of 29 firearms were also seized in the region -- 12 in Davao City, four in Davao del Norte, three in Davao del Sur, two in Davao Oriental, and seven in Compostela Valley. The police also seized 26 bladed weapons in the region.
Clamor said that of the 90 violators of liquor ban, 71 were arrested in Davao City and 19 in Davao del Norte. He said they were still waiting for other police offices’ report on the matter.
In Davao City, DCPO Director Vicente Danao Jr. said that Monday’s elections were also well-organized with the support of other government agencies like the Task Force Davao (TFD) and Anti-Crime Unit.
Danao said there were no major crime incident in the city amid reports of the presence of goons and private armed groups in Barangay 23-C, Marilog District, and Paquibato District. He added that everything went peacefully and orderly.
"May mga reports about goons and private armed groups pero wala naman. Maayos naman ang naging takbo ng election. Meron nga lang kami na confiscate na mga sample ballots na dini-distribute in some areas here, which is bawal," Danao said.
Chief Inspector Alfredo Baloran, chief of the DCPO's Operation Division, said that as of Monday, the 12 police stations in the city have continued to monitor the canvassing of votes in all barangays in the city.
He said of the 71 persons arrested for violating the liquor ban in the city, eight were in Sta. Ana Police Station, 38 in Talomo Police Station, two in Buhangin Police Station, 16 in Bunawan Police Station, five in Calinan Police Station, and two in Baguio Police Station.
"Everything remains to be peaceful maliban lang dun sa distribution of sample ballots, vote buying, and dun sa nahuli for violating gun ban and liquor ban. Patuloy yung ating foot and mobile patrol and police visibility," Danao said.
Colonel Casiano Monilla, chief of the Task Force Davao (TFD), on the other hand, said with the security measures in place, the conduct of barangay election was generally peaceful.
At least 2,000 personnel, including troops from Task Force Davao and additional troops from the Army's 10th Infantry Division, City Public Safety Command Center, and other government agencies were deployed to secure the metropolis during the election.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 29, 2013.