THE fourth district municipality of Apalit is included in both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Commission and Elections (Comelec) watchlists in line with the forthcoming May 2019 local elections.
This was confirmed by Superintendent Roland Agohob, Apalit police chief, on Monday, March 4. He said the incidents during the May 2016 polls formed the basis for placing Apalit town under the election watchlist.
“We were included in the watchlist due to some incidents during the election season in 2016 that were deemed election-related by the Comelec and PNP and it was sustained until this coming May 2019 elections to ensure that the same incidents will not happen again,” Agohob explained.
Due to its status, Agohob said that the local police will have reinforcement from the provincial and regional police to ensure maximum security in the community, especially during the campaign period and on election day on May 13.
He added that the local police have already formulated security and contingency plans, which are set for effective implementation as soon as the campaign period for the local election kicks off on March 30.
Meanwhile, Agohob urged Apaliteños not to worry about their town’s election watchlist status since it was declared by Comelec and PNP for security purposes alone.
“This is actually a good thing because we will have reinforcements from the regional and provincial PNP that would help us secure the residents, the voters and the whole community so there is nothing to worry. In fact, we must feel more secured,” he said.