Towns, cities under Comelec control bared

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Saturday, September 25, 2010


LINGAYEN -- Six municipalities and two cities in the province of Pangasinan are included in the election watchlist areas, said Provincial Election Supervisor Reddy Balarbar Friday.

Balarbar issued the statement after a joint conference of the Provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office headed by Provincial Director Rosueto Ricarforte.

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The move is in relation to the upcoming synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Ricaforte also announced that all the barangay captains must turn over to their respective municipal or city police stations the Provincial Government-issued shotguns to avoid problems.

These shotguns were issued last year and have become a property of the barangay by virtue of the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the barangay captain.

Also present at the conference were the chiefs of police from the 44 towns and four cities in the province and other areas.

Balarbar identified the localities as Urbiztondo at the second district, Bayambang and San Carlos City (second district), Dagupan City (fourth district); and Sta. Maria, Tayug, Natividad and San Quintin at the sixth district.

These towns and cities, according to Balarbar, have had a political history of intense rivalry, if not, an election-related incident/s happened in the past elections.

Being such, Balarbar said their respective police units have to be augmented with additional men from the Philippine National Police or from the Philippine Army to maintain the present peace and order situation.

Meanwhile, Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairman Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. has directed the police provincial directors from Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte to intensify their campaign against loose firearms and against guns-for-hire.

Espino specifically told them to keep close watch on the movements/activities of suspected guns-for-hire residing at their respective provinces, as hired guns usually render service to politicians from other provinces.

"Mas mainit ang barangay election kumpara sa ibang election," the governor said. (Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre/Sunnex)

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