Police ready for polls, 28 brgys under watch list-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
AT least 28 barangays in Negros Oriental will be closely monitored by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies during the conduct of the October 28 barangay polls after they were included in the Election Watch List Areas (EWAs).
PNP Provincial Director Alet Virtucio, during the Kapihan sa PIA forum Wednesday, said a total of 27 barangays have been categorized as areas of concern due to the presence of threat groups, specifically the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army and one barangay due to a history of intense political rivalry.
The 27 barangays include 17 in Guihulngan City, six in Sta. Catalina, three in Siaton, and one in Valencia.
In Guihulngan City, the EWAs are barangays Trinidad, Hinakpan, Tacpao, Banwage, Sandayao, Binobohan, Buenavista, Humay-humay, Planas, Calupaan, Imelda, Villegas, Plagatasanon, Linantuyan, Luz, Magsaysay, and Nagsaha, Virtucio said.
The other election watch list areas are barangays Talalac, Nagbinlod, Milagrosa, Nagbalaye, San Pedro, and San Francisco in Sta. Catalina town; Bonawon, Apoloy, and Mantikil in Siaton; and Dobdob in Valencia while the lone barangay of Sto. Niño in Tanjay City is being closely watched for its history of intense political rivalry.
Virtucio said the identification of these EWAs is based on the recommendations from the intelligence community and can be upgraded or short-listed.
In areas where threat groups or lawless elements are present, the Philippine Army will be deployed to augment the security at the polling places manned by regular police personnel, he said.
A total of 1,270 police personnel are ready for deployment for election duty in Negros Oriental, although the required number is pegged at 1,062, Virtucio said.
The PNP Office in Central Visayas has committed 154 police for Negros Oriental as augmentation while the Regional Public Safety Battalion will be sending 24, the Provincial Public Safety Company - 68, the Provincial PNP Headquarters - 32, the Negros Oriental PNP Office – 56, and Tourist Police - 20.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Army will also deploy 166 troops in the first district, 141 in the second district, and 269 in the third district, Virtucio added. (PNA)