Capiz Police Vows to Ensure Orderly, Peaceful Polls
Roxas City (26 January) -- The members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Capiz vow to ensure an orderly and peaceful national and local elections this May.
Capiz PNP Information Officer Pablito Silvestre said that the police force in the province is ready to intensify their law enforcement activities as well as security operations.
According to him, Police Provincial Director Josephus Angan has been consistent in his directive for all members of the PNP here to help uphold an honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE) this May 10.
In preparation for the many lined up police activities, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Capiz provincial office headed by lawyer Wil Arceño recently conducted a joint security control center conference (JSCC) at the PNP provincial office.
Silvestre said that the conference was attended by Angan and other PNP staff, including the city and municipal chiefs of police of Capiz as well as the Philippine Army represented by 47th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Tyne Bañas.
Also present, he said, were the municipal COMELEC officers from the 16 towns and Roxas City.
Included in the areas of discussion during said conference were the political situation report of Capiz, Election Watchlist of Areas (EWA) per municipality, gun ban, check point and seizure and transfer of election officers. Silvestre said.
Earlier, Arceño revealed that they are closely monitoring four municipalities in Capiz, namely Dumarao, Tapaz, Cuartero and Pilar, which are considered as EWA in view of the May 2010 polls.
Said towns were identified by police authorities as places with high possibility for politically-motivated violence or areas where serious armed threats are present.
Arceño noted that the presence of threat groups, intense political rivalry and history of election ? related incidence were some of the parameters in the identification of EWAs.
by Jemin B. Guillermo, (PIA) [top]