PNP wants Nueva Ecija removed from election hot spots list

January 12, 2010 12:19 pm 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Jan. 12 — The provincial police here is determined to implement every rule to make the forthcoming synchronized national and local elections peaceful, honest and orderly that will pave the way for the removal of the province from the list of election hot spots.

"We will enforce the law. That's all we will do," said Sr. Supt. Ricardo Marquez, director of the Nueva Ecija police provincial office (NEPPO).

Marquez said that his office would request some 2,000 to 2,500 additional forces to augment its strength during the election period.

He said that police personnel in Nueva Ecija would be short to guard at least 740 polling precincts considering that many of them are detailed in securing candidates.

NEPPO has some 1,500 policemen, it was learned.

Each polling precinct would need two cops on the election day, he said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) allow only two security personnel per candidate, he added.

Nueva Ecija has over a hundred of candidates vying for the mayor of the 27 towns and five cities, 10 members of the provincial board and office of the governor.

To reinforce its effort for peaceful elections, Marquez said the police is now taking to the religious sector for the possibility of having candidates sign a peace covenant.

"We have to work together in order to erase the tag that Nueva Ecija as an election hot spot," the police director added. (PNA)

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