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PIA Press Release
2007/04/12

PNP intensifies efforts for peaceful elections

San Jose, Antique (12 April) -- Checkpoints and Police visibility are continuously maintained to preempt transport of illegal firearms to be used during the May 14 elections.

SSupt. Ren T. Darroca, PNP OIC Director said that coordinating conference with concerned agencies is regularly conducted in order to keep abreast on related matters. Campaign on gun ban is also intensified in view of the approaching elections.

General peace and order situation in Antique is normal, Darroca said, although there were reported cases of political bickerings in some parts of the province. Everything is being done in order to make the elections peaceful and orderly.

To boost the peace and order campaign, Darroca plans to request augmentation from PNP Police Regional Office VI. Likewise to request the services of the Philippine Army (PA) to take charge of remote barangays and insurgency-affected areas in the province. Also, barangay tanods will also be tapped to augment the PNP and PA.

Darroca encouraged the people to report violations to any nearest PNP station in their locality or directly to the PNP Provincial Director so appropriate actions could be taken.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will conduct area visits to determine if there are still more towns and provinces that should be placed under its control.

Comelec Commissioner Resurreccion Borra in a press briefing Monday said Commissioners and other field officers will go to their respective jurisdictions to personally assess the peace and order situation in their places.

Latest PNP report submitted to the Comelec showed that there are 1,479 individuals arrested for gun ban violations. The same report said the police have so far confiscated 1,217 firearms, 57 explosive devices and 255 deadly weapons.

At least 46 election related violence were also recorded by the Police since the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy in January 14. (EA Abasquez/PIA) [top]

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