Comelec briefs La Trinidad police for polls

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here conducted a final briefing with Valley cops Tuesday, a Comelec official said.

Comelec election officer Eugene Ramos said three points were emphasized during the brief: the liquor ban, the Comelec checkpoints, and the gun ban.

Ramos said police were briefed on how to conduct a peaceful search and inquiry on designated checkpoints in the Valley.

“The conduct of checkpoint guidelines has to be followed to implement police duties and not to violate constitutional rights of individuals,” he said.  

When arrests are in order, Ramos said the Miranda doctrine has to be recited by police personnel so as not to violate human rights. “This informs the arrested person to remain silent as well as the accusations against him and the most important right to have a legal counsel,” he said.  

Ramos said police are likewise to implement the liquor ban in the Valley, mandating establishments not to serve and sell liquor for 5 days in the hope no crimes rooted on intoxication will be committed during the homestretch of the election period.  

Valley top cop Byron Allatog said the briefing with the Comelec is aimed to clear issues on the three bans imposed during the election period as well as give a smoother coordination with agencies moving for peaceful and honest elections.  

There will be 66 police personnel deployed in the various voting centers in the Valley on watch on May 13 to ensure peace and order in the elections.  

Allatog said he is confident the Valley will maintain its reputation of being one of the top areas for a peaceful election.

“La Trinidad has a history of being very peaceful I am sure we will have an orderly and meaningful election,” Allatog concluded.
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