THE 150-day election period in Central Luzon has been generally peaceful, according to the the Police Regional Office III (PRO-3).

PRO-3 Director Brigadier General Matthew Baccay said that the six election related incidents validated by PRO3 and Commission on Elections (Comelec) have been recorded and already solved.

He added that mere incidents of liquor ban and vote buying were recorded with seven persons arrested for vote buying in Bataan and seven individuals nabbed for violation of the 48-hour liquor ban.

With the establishment of 149 PNP-Comelec checkpoints region wide, 30 individuals were arrested carrying contrabands while the stern implementation of gun ban resulted in the confiscation of 2,647 assorted firearms and deadly weapons with the arrest of 400 suspects.

Aside from election-related cases, some 231 individuals were also arrested during the implementation of search warrant, service of warrants of arrest, buy bust operations, police response and other operations to include Oplan Bakal, Sita and Galugad.

Baccay also recognized the several proactive measures such as the KASAMBAYANAN (“Kapulisan, Simbahan at Pamayanan) and establishment of the Media Action Center (MAC) were also carried out which contributed to the over-all success of the electoral process.

“The success of the national and local elections here in Central Luzon is the result of the concerted efforts of the COMELEC, PNP and AFP through the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council and other partner agencies who worked hand in hand to ensure the safety and security as well as guarantee the smooth flow of this national exercise.”

The top cop of Central Luzon also said that the entire police force is now back in conducting normal law enforcement and assisting in the implementation of the minimum public health safety protocols.