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PNP Comval tasked to organize peace covenant

by RG Alama

Davao City (20 April) -- Philippine National Police Regional Office XI Director Chief Supt. Andres Caro has tasked the Provincial Police Office in Compostela Valley to lead in organizing peace covenants between local candidates of the May 2007 polls.

C/Supt. Caro said that he directed the Provincial Police office to work with the church and the Commission of Elections to organize peace covenants and candidates' forum, as he noted the super-heated politics in Compostela Valley or Comval.

Yesterday morning, a certain Joven Lanoy was shot by armed men in Monkayo municipality, the PNP is still establishing if the incident was election-related. "The investigation is still on-going, we cannot confirm if this shooting was related to the elections." Caro said

Sana mag-debate nalang sila magdamag (I hope they can just debate throughout the night) Caro said of the candidates' forum, which is a better alternative than the candidates resorting to violence. He added that the covenant and the candidates' forum is a means of achieving honest, orderly and peaceful elections or HOPE.

Caro has put five municipalities in the province in their watchlist. Among these provinces are Laak, Pantukan, Montevista, Monkayo and New Bataan. The Regional Director has deployed a platoon of policemen coming from the Regional Mobile Group to beef up PNP Comval, which has at least two company-sized Provincial Mobile Groups.

Meanwhile Caro said the PNP are still looking into reports as to the veracity of the reports that there is a threat to the life of Comval Governor Jose Caballero. "It is election period that is normal to alleged that one group is going to kill you or he has armed goons, while the other group will also state the same." However he said that they are looking closely to the threats received by the Governor.

He said this is one reason why he has instructed his unit commanders in Comval to initiate these peace covenant and forums is to avert untoward election-related violence. (PIA XI) [top]

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