The Police Regional Office-18 will send off 253 policemen from the Bacolod City Police and Regional Public Safety Battalion to areas in the Negros Island Region that need augmentation today.
The send-off will be held at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office headquarters in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City.
Senior Supt. Harris Fama, acting provincial director of Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said that of 1,333 personnel, 833 are up for deployment during the elections in three districts of the province.
This excludes the Crowd Dispersal Management team and the Quick Reaction Team, Fama said.
He said the monitoring personnel and barangay information network have also been strengthened.
Fama urged residents of Negros Oriental to report to the police any information or sightings of armed groups, suspicious-looking individuals, or anything related to elections. They should, however, be specific so the authorities can easily spot and arrest the violators.
Col. Francisco Delfin, commander of the 303rd Brigade Philippine Army said that every distict of NIR already has assigned soldiers.
In coordination with the Philippine National Police, the Army will work on area security, Delfin said.
However if the need arises, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has reaction units to respond, Delfin said, adding that they are on alert for posible sabotage during the elections.*SGG
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