PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez yesterday expressed his confidence that the May 9 elections will be more peaceful, compared to the 2010 synchronized elections, stressing that they have prepared long and hard for it.
Marquez also lauded the Police Regional Office 18 of Negros island for having no election-related incidents up to this time, with the May 9 election fast approaching, although Negros Oriental has been included in the list of poll areas of concern.
Marquez said that after moving around the country and checking the security preparations of the regional police offices, he noted the reduction of shooting incidents by 1,400 on quarter to quarter basis.
Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, Negros Island police director, yesterday presented the 387 firearms accounted for by the PRO 18 since January to April this year, in line with its Oplan Katok campaign and renewed drive against the proliferation of loose firearms.
“I am happy with the performance of PRO 18,” Capa stressed.
Marquez shared the prediction of the Comelec and Armed Forces of the Philippines that the election will turn out peaceful, as he checked on the security preparations of PRO 18, including its Regional Election Monitoring Action Center at the Bacolod City Police Office.
“What we required is for the AFP and PNP to cover all election activities with joint planning on security,” he added.
Marquez also reiterated his warning against policemen who may be partisan in this election, which he said is tantamount to grave misconduct, and violators will be investigated and punished.
He also acknowledged the presence of election watchdogs even at the police precinct level.
Marquez also rallied policemen to go beyond law enforcement and government efforts in securing the pre and post elections days and also called on candidates not to resort to violence, but only peaceful means.
He also ordered police commanders not to spare anybody, including candidates who may employ private armed goons and should arrest them.
He also confirmed the deployment of legal officers to assist PNP members, who may be in a dilemma on what to do, in relations to their election duties.*GPB
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