Police Cordillera gears up for peaceful and orderly elections

LA TRINIDA, Benguet, – – With the start of the election period, the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO- Cor) gears up its preparation to have an honest, orderly, peaceful, and credible national and local elections on May 9, 2016.

The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines set up checkpoints under the supervision of the Commission on Election (Comelec) as part of security precautions.

Comelec checkpoints manned by local police are set up in every city and town to implement the gun ban which took effect last January 10 until June 8 and to prevent election-related violence.

PC/Supt. Ulysses Abellera, PRO-Cor regional director, stressed that only visual search of the vehicle is allowed at the checkpoints. The officer on duty simply looks into the vehicle and flashes light in there without opening the car’s door.

During the election period, the law provides that no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Comelec.

Abellera disclosed that the province of Abra will be the main focus of the police with its history of violence especially during elections.

“We have lined up several activities for voters education and peace forum in Abra to end the culture of violence”, Abellera said. These will be done in cooperation with the various government offices and the private sectors to advocate the peace movement to achieve a zero casualty during the election period in the province.

He added that the police will be ready to prevent election related incidents like ballot snatching which occurred in the last elections in other provinces./JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR

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