Police, Comelec confident of peaceful barangay polls-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
PALO, Leyte -- Top police, military, and election officials in Eastern Visayas are confident of a peaceful conduct of election in the region with less than a week before the barangay elections on October 28.
“In the recently conducted midterm polls, we have learned that effective partnership among our respective agencies is anchored on three C’s -- cooperation, coordination and commitment -- and thus we came up with best practices that ensured the most peaceful elections in recent history here in the region,” Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas Director Elmer R. Soria said during a conference on Monday at PRO-Eastern Visayas Matapat Hall.
“Under the strengthened JSCC, the “three C’s” shall be prevalent in the performance of the respective functions of our respective agencies to ensure efficient response to any peace and security concerns that may affect the election. The replication and enhancement of the “three C’s formula” and working together doubly hard will ensure a peaceful conduct of the village polls,” he said.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Jose Nick Mendros and Brigadier General Jet Velarmino, commanding general of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that there will be a peaceful and successful village polls.
Comelec, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have activated the Joint Security Control Centers to serve as focal point for all security coordination related to the elections.
“We have enough security forces to secure the electoral proceedings and they were given specific instructions on their responsibility in the security of polling centers, candidates and the electorate,” Soria said.
As the election draws nearer, the police will continue the religious implementation of preemptive operations like checkpoints at critical areas, deployment of more personnel to areas with previous election-related incidents, intervention against loose firearms, accounting of wanted persons, prepositioning of reaction teams in concerned areas, and deployment of elements from the Regional Public Safety Battalion to support police provincial offices and police stations, Soria added. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)