Kalinga police beefs up security for May polls

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- All chiefs of police in the province were directed to identify possible threats and election watchlist areas in their respective jurisdiction to ensure a secure and honest midterm elections in the area.

Police Senior Inspector Wilson Lagan, Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) Deputy Operations Office, said the preparatory schemes will provide the needed data for the KPPO to anticipate possible problems that may arise and formulate the needed election security plan to pre-empt any possible security problems during the election process.

The basis for identifying such areas, he said, could be the presence of New People’s Army and National Democratic Front in the area, peace and order problem due to political rivalry, and election related incidents during the past elections.

Based on the reports of the chiefs of police during the Joint Peace, Security and Coordination Center Meeting held recently with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), there are no identified hot spots in the province by the Comelec.

The police officials, he said, has only provided “possible problem areas” based on past election related event observations and presence of the insurgents, but this would still be validated for the PNP to take up the necessary action if needed.

Among the possible concerns that the PNP is looking into during the election include meeting the needed number of police personnel to secure the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines once they are brought in the clustered polling precincts days before the actual elections and when the PCOS are brought to the Municipal Board of Canvassers in areas where there is no Smart signal to transmit the reports. (Geraldine G. Dumallig)
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