Panay island generally peaceful as election period starts

January 12, 2016 7:17 am 

SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE, Jan. 11 – – The island of Panay, composed of four provinces, was described to be generally peaceful at the start of the election period Sunday.

Lieutenant Cmdr Enriqueto R. Deocadez, Jr., 82nd Infantry Battalion Commander, 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, in an interview Monday, said the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo were still very peaceful but they continued to monitor the situation.

In Antique, none among the candidates have complained of receiving solicitation letters from rebel groups, who demand money in exchange for permit to campaign in the hinterlands or in rebel infested areas.

However, there are two mayoralty candidates from Iloilo who have relayed such concern, the Army official disclosed.

Amidst the reports, Deocadez reminded the candidates not to give in to the demands of the rebel groups.

“We discourage politicians from doing that,” the Army officer said.

Relatively, the Philippine Army together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are set to hold the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Conference on January 13, to set the preparations for the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, PNP-Antique has a new acting provincial director, PSSupt. Louis P. Garong, who assumed the position on Jan. 4. He replaced PSSupt. Edgardo Ordaniel. (PNA)

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