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Comelec, PNP Ifugao meet to discuss election matters

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (16 January) -- The Provincial Police Office here initiated a meeting last January 13 with the Commission on Elections and the Philippine Army to discuss preparations for this coming May 10 polls.

PNP Provincial Director, PSSUPT Joseph Adnol said that the meeting aims to disseminate the AFP-PNP Joint Operational Guidelines in relation to the May elections to people concerned.

Attended by the Provincial Comelec Officer, Atty Bulintao and all the Municipal Comelec officers from the 11 municipalities here, the DILG Provincial Directo, Anthony Balug and his staff, the representatives of the 54th Infantry Batallion, the Intelligence, Operations and Investigations Officers the PPO and all the Chiefs of Police of the different Municipal Police Stations, the operational guidelines were presented and discussed.

The AFP-PNP Joint Operational Guidelines for 2010 National and Local Elections is contained in a Joint Letter Directive (JLD) 01-2010. This Operational guidelines were based on COMELEC Resolution Nos. 8646, "Calendar of Activities and Periods of Prohibited Acts in Connection with the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections", 8714, the "Rules and Regulations on the Bearing, Carrying or Transporting of Firearms or Other deadly Weapons and the Employment, Availment or Engagement of the Services of Security Personnel or Bodyguards during the Election period for the May 2010 national and Local Elections", 8729, the "Guidelines on the Establishment of COMELEC Checkpoints in connection with the May 10, 2010 elections" and 8734, "In the Matter of Placing Some Areas in the country under COMELEC Control in connection with the elections."

The JLD provides for the polices, guidelines and procedures to be undertaken by the AFP and PNP in the conduct of Law Enforcement and Security Operations to Ensure an Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) in 2010. This JLD sets forth the a) Establishment of Joint Security Control centers (JSCC) Nationwide; b) Implementation of nationwide Firearms ban; c) establishment of COMELEC Checkpoints; d) Placing Some Areas in the Country Under COMELEC Control; e) Provision of Security Detail; and f) Proper Conduct and Decorum of AFP and PNP personnel during the Election period.

In his message, Bulintao pointed out the role of the AFP and PNP in the tearing down of campaign paraphernalia illegally posted as dictated by law while the Provincial Director stressed the 50 meter distance from the polling center of PNP and AFP personnel on duty at the polling places and the implementation of Gun Ban wherein All Persons in Civilian Attire carrying firearms shall be presumed unauthorized to carry the same and subject to arrest and investigation and that firearms in this situation will include airgun, airsoft guns and their replica/imitation in whatever form that can cause an ordinary person to believe that they are real. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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