Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that the performance of Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros will be scrutinized during the conduct of the May 13 elections in Negros Occidental.
All eyes will be on the new provincial police director on the results of the mid-term elections, said Lacson, who is running for governor.
Lacson along with his running mate former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, attended the installation yesterday of Baleros as the officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City.
Lacson said he told Baleros that the main event for this year is the May election.
In response to Lacson, Baleros assured that the NOPPO will remain neutral and apolitical during the mid-term elections.
The Commission on Elections, Philippine Army and National Police are set to activate the Provincial Joint Security and Coordinating Center this weekwith the election period and gunban set to start January 13.
To ensure peaceful and orderly elections in May, Baleros said they will conduct widespread checkpoints and wider border control operations, also in compliance with the gun ban order.
He will also give utmost attention to towns and cities with intense political rivalries and those reported with presence of private armed groups, Baleros added.
Lacson said he is confident that Baleros will do his utmost to keep Negros Occidental peaceful during the elections, citing many years of experience.
Noting that the assignment of Baleros in Negros Occidental will be his last, Lacson said “I am sure he wants to go out or retire with a laudable performance”.
Ferrer, on the other hand, said that Baleros, being the former intelligence chief of the Western Visayas police, knows what is going on in the province.
“I wish him luck” Ferrer said, adding hopes that in six months time, he, Lacson and Baleros will be working side-by-side for the development of Negros Occidental.*
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