CAMP KANGLEON, PALO, LEYTE – Only 147 out of 355 policemen of the Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) cast their votes in the local absentee voting.
Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, PRO-8 director, said the people in Eastern Visayas are assured of the PRO’s maximum service during election as some of its personnel don’t need to compromise their democratic right in order to perform their crucial role of ensuring the electorate in the midterm polls.
“Much is expected from us during election in terms of safeguarding peace and order. So the Commission on Elections (Comelec) included the Philippine National Police (PNP) among the organizations that practiced absentee voting along with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other media practitioners,” Soria said.
Police personnel, who availed in the local absentee voting, cast their votes from Monday to Tuesday at the PRO’s Matapat Hall in response to Comelec Resolution No. 9637 promulgated last February 13.
Majority of absentee voters are police personnel assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion-Eastern Visayas (RPSB-8) with 116 voters followed by those assigned at stations in Leyte province with 12 voters.
Personnel from PRO headquarters and Eastern Samar have eight voters each and those coming from the cities of Tacloban, Ormoc, and Catbalogan had one voter from each city.
Local absentee voting refers to a system of voting whereby government officials and employees, including members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as members of the media who are duly registered voters, are allowed to vote for the national positions and party-list representatives in places where they are not registered voters but where they are temporarily assigned to perform election duties on election day as provided for under Executive Order No. 157 and Republic Act No. 7166. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)