THE conduct of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on Monday in the Zamboanga Peninsula was “generally peaceful” although five election-related incidents have been recorded.
Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director, made this announcement on Tuesday, May 15, citing there was no serious violent incident reported by the lower units.
Beltran said the successful implementation of safe Barangay and SK polls 2018 security plan coupled with significant operational accomplishments have contributed more in maintaining the peace and order during the conduct of the elections.
He said the PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula and its military counterpart had deployed 5,195 personnel to secure the 1,883 polling centers here in the region.
The PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula area of jurisdiction covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian, and Zamboanga.
The PRO-9 has installed Commission on Election (Comelec) checkpoints to strategic areas in the region for the strict implementation of gun ban during the election period that took effect April 14.
The strict implementation of the election gun ban resulted to the arrest of 53 people and the confiscation of 60 firearms, including one explosive and six bladed weapons.
Beltran the five election-related incidents they have recorded were classified as isolated cases.
Meanwhile, here in Zamboanga City, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has enjoined the newly elected barangay and SK officials to help this city in the discharge of their functions inherent of the positions to which they were elected during the May 14 elections.
“We thank all aspirants for the SK and Barangay Elections. Henceforth, to all who have received the mandate in their barangays, I enjoin you all to help Zamboanga City,” Salazar said.
“By your collective efforts in responding to the individual needs of the barangay, may you include Security, Health and Education as a priority,” she added. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)