Police still on red alert after polls

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) is still on full alert even after the elections.

“The election period ends on June 12. So, even though the casting of votes and many candidates have been proclaimed in the May 13 elections the alert status is still heightened,” Cocpo Chief Graciano Mijares said.

Mijares said all local police are still not permitted to file a leave of absence nor apply for breaks until June 12.

He said hundreds of police are still deployed in all corners of the city to maintain the peace and order situation.

Mijares said the gun ban implemented by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still in effect until June 12.

“There are still checkpoints set up in strategic areas in the city,” he added.

Reports revealed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has lowered the alert status of majority of its units from full alert to normal as the security situation in the country is expected to normalize after the polls.

Regional police units, however, were given the authority to adjust their alert status depending on the situation of their area of responsibility.

But the six regional offices in Mindanao including Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao, Socsksargen, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) have remained on heightened alert, reports said.

Under a heightened alert, only half of the police are on standby. These alert levels are declared to ensure enough manpower in the event of emergencies. A full alert places all units on standby and entails the cancellation of all leaves.

For his part, PNP-10 spokesperson Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga said Camp Alagar has not downgraded the alert status of Northern Mindanao region in case possible post-election related violence erupts.

“Wala pa ginaug ang full alert status because there might some post-election violence to transpire especially mga harassment niadtong napildi (We haven’t changed the full alert status because some post election violence might transpire especially harassments from candidates who lost),” Cariaga said.

He said the police heightened its alert status not only during elections but also during the opening of classes in June.

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