Over 2,500 cops, soldiers secure QC polling centers

May 9, 2010 11:38 am 

MANILA, May 9 – More than 2,500 policemen and soldiers on Sunday were deployed to secure the polling centers of Quezon City in time for Monday’s first ever automated national and local elections.

Quezon City Police District Director (QCPD) Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele said the 2,500 Quezon City policemen and 176 personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines National Capital Region Command (AFP-NCRCOM) as part of the Joint Security Coordinating Center (JSCC) have been deployed 50 meters from the 172 polling centers all over Quezon City.

Mantele said they would ensure the conduct of an honest, orderly and peaceful elections.

Likewise, non-government organizations (NGOs) and Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) numbering around 300 members will assist the JSCC assistance desks of QCPD in maintaining peace and order during the elections.

“We have already mapped-out our security deployment and security contingency plans before and during the election day and even after of course always in coordination with the COMELEC and other stakeholders," Mantele said.

Mantele said securing the polling centers and ensure public safety this upcoming election.

The Task Force HOPE 2010 shall exert its best efforts to attain a peaceful social condition in all parts of the city. (PNA)

LDV/JCA

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