Mindanao top PNP, AFP, Comelec officials meet in preparation for May 2010 polls

January 12, 2010 12:19 pm 

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City, Jan. 12 -– Top officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) tackled concerns of the May 2010 elections in a meeting Monday afternoon here.

The meeting was spearheaded by Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao (DIPO-EM, Southern, Northeastern, Northern Mindanao) Director Jaime E. Milla.

Discussed were strategies on how to implement the sanctity of the May 2010 polls.

The tactical movement of all police and military forces during the campaign period, the proper implementation of the joint security control desk (JSCD) of the Comelec, PNP and AFP, and the strict implementation of the gun ban were also discussed during the meeting.

Likewise discussed was the security arrangement of candidates running in the local polls according to Comelec rules and regulations.

The Comelec Resolution 8646 prohibits the carrying of firearms, deadly weapons and even toy guns during the election period. Only uniformed police officers, military men and other law enforcement agencies are allowed to carry firearms.

It also prohibits the employment of personal security guards not accredited by the poll body. Each political candidate is only allowed to have two bodyguards duly accredited by the commission.

“Our main function in this political exercise is only supportive to the Comelec,” said Director Milla.

Comelec officials also demonstrated during the meeting the proper use of Precinct Count Optical Scanning Machine that will be used during the election day.

Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Northeastern Mindanao police force, said that more police forces such as Field Training Program Scout graduates will be deployed in different municipalities, particularly in far-flung areas where threat of communist movement and history of political violence the past elections were being noted.

The meeting also discussed mitigating action in “immediate concern” areas and probable “strong political rivalries” during the campaign period and on election day.

All parties and candidates will be informed as to what were discussed in the meeting. (PNA)

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