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AFP, PNP, Comelec pool forces to ensure peaceful polls

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Commission on Elections (Comelec) pooled forces to ensure peaceful elections on 13 May 2019.
In two separate interviews, Philippine Army 403rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Edgardo De Leon and PNP provincial director Senior Supt. Benedicto Pintor said they had ironed out details in the deployment of soldiers and police officers to synchronize movements.
“In coordination with Comelec and AFP, we reviewed guidelines and rules for safety and security. The voting centers, access roads, and perimeters have been identified by PNP in accordance with the security plan,” Pintor said.
In a conference, Bukidnon provincial election supervisor Atty. Milber G. Alinas asked the army and the police to augment personnel in towns identified under “election watchlist” or those with reported threats.
Based on election records and history, PNP has monitored 75 barangays identified as “areas of immediate concern.”
PNP, however, said police officers who will perform election duties, would look after every polling center and augment personnel in barangays with reported threats.
Bukidnon has 20 towns, two cities, and 464 barangays with a total of 875,634 registered voters.
Provincial Comelec data showed there are five candidates vying for the position of the governor; four vie for vice-governor; 22 for provincial board members; 42 for city/municipal mayor; 33 for city/municipal vice mayor; and 389 for city/municipal council members.
Same data showed that in Bukidnon’s four legislative districts, there are a total of eight candidates running for members of the House of Representatives. The number includes two candidates for 1st District; two for 2nd District; three for the 4th District; while the 3rd District candidate is running unopposed. (RLRB/PIA 10, Bukidnon)

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