571 barangays under ‘election areas of concern’-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
CAMP OLIVAS -- At least 571 barangays in Central Luzon out of the 3,102 have been classified as “election areas of concern” in the forthcoming October barangay elections.
This was revealed during a meeting of the Regional Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (RJPSCC) by the Regional Operations and Plans Division-3 last Wednesday.
According to a report, after the concluded validation of the Directorate for Intelligence, 425 barangays were classified as “threatened”, 88 as “election areas of concern” (EAC) due to reported communist terrorist sightings and sectoral activities, and 33 due to voters’ turn-out in the last elections.
Based from the classification, first priority for troop deployment are barangays classified as EAC, second priority are threatened barangays while third priority are the other remaining barangays.
As of August 12 this year, the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) has already deployed a total of 929 personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) as augmentation to different Provincial and City Police Offices.
Before the start of the campaign period, PRO3 has activated the two Regional Special Operation Task Groups (ROSTG) that were created during the midterm elections last May.
"With the activation of the two ROSTG, we could achieve a peace and orderly elections this Barangay and SK elections," Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao said.
He said that in order to sustain their gains during the May 2013 elections, Ladao instructed all provincial and city police directors to continuously focus their police operations such as checkpoints and to apply for search warrants for firearms and explosives.
Ladao also instructed his provincial and city police directors to go after criminal gangs and suspected gun-for-hire groups and to intensify their campaign against wanted persons. (Ric Sapnu)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 29, 2013.