Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, acting regional director of Police Regional Office-18, yesterday directed all policemen under Negros Island Region to stay apolitical throughout the 2016 polls.
“The AFP and the PNP are apolitical. We are not to be engaged in partisan politics. Siding with politicians is not allowed,” Capa said.
Capa presided yesterday over the 1st command conference of PRO-18 and traditional New Year's call at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City.
With the start of the election period on Sunday, intensified checkpoints operations will be conducted and the gun ban will be strictly imposed, Capa said.
“Our mission is to have peaceful, orderly, secure and fair elections. That is our number one concern,” Capa said.
Although there are no areas of concern in Negros Occidental, its counterpart province – Negros Oriental is listed in the election watch list because of past election situations there, Capa said.
Senior Supt. Melchor Coronel, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, meanwhile, said they will follow the memorandum from the Commission on Elections that the checkpoint as well as the gun ban will start from midnight Sunday.
Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, however, said that the gun ban is not intended only for guns but also for other deadly weapons.
“We will intensify our police and other law enforcement operations against violators of the gun ban,” Nacion said.*SGG
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