(Metro News) QCPD ready to protect 1.2 million QC voters

April 14, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 14 — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has expressed its readiness to protect the city's over 1.2 million registered voters — the biggest among all cities in the country — after a successful anti-riot drill in the populous Barangay Commonwealth, Novaliches Wednesday morning.

Quezon City's second congressional district, including Novaliches, is the biggest and most populous district in the country. It accounts for about half of Quezon City's nearly 2.4 million population, and about the same ratio of voters for the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.

In this morning's simulation exercises, QCPD anti-riot policemen “dealt” with a "mob of voters who stormed" the Commonwealth Elementary School (CES) on Commonwealth Avenue due to "confusion" brought about by the first automated elections in the country.

Carrying placards and threatening to disrupt the "ongoing elections," the "protesters" were immediately "dispersed" by the QCPD operatives.

Another scenario showed a group of "armed men held hostage" some of the teachers inside a polling precinct.

QCPD-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operatives "were deployed immediately and a crisis management committee was formed" that put the situation under control.

Lawyer Allan Sindo, head of the Quezon City government Joint Security and Control Center, said that the simulation exercises were meant to show the readiness of local policemen come election day.

Sindo said Quezon City has over 1,200 clustered precincts, most of which are situated in Novaliches and other areas of the second district.

Meanwhile, QCPD director Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego said his men have not noted any election-related violent incident in the city at this time.

"So far so good, the campaign season is peaceful," he told reporters.

San Diego said they will be deploying over 2,000 policemen throughout the city on election day. (PNA) scs/JCA

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