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Comelec, execs confer on election security in Lanao

by Breezy C. Jimenez

Tubod, Lanao del Norte (26 January) -- On January 22, 2010, Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo together with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine Army (AFP-PA) conferred on the security in preparation for the upcoming May 10 elections.

Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Joseph Hamilton M. Cuevas called on the law enforcers for close coordination in implementing the Election Laws commencing with the Gun Ban which took effect last January 10 until June 11.

Further, he assured those present that the COMELEC is ready and willing to render assistance should questions on the implementation of law arise and hamper the smooth flow of their operations.

Governor Dimaporo said that he wanted a peaceful conduct of May 10 poll and if possible without incidents or issues of fraudulent activities in the province.

"As much as possible, gumawa tayo ng security plan which will prevent violence during the elections. Sana zero violence talaga. I am expecting that" (As much as possible, we will make a security plan which will prevent violence during the elections. Hopefully zero violence. I am expecting that), said the young Governor.

For his part, Col. Cresente M. Ferrer, Commanding Officer of the army's 601st Brigade, gave his assurance that the military will follow the mandate of the law and will not exempt nor exonerate erring troopers especially violations on the Gun Ban directive.

Col. Ferrer also assured Governor Dimaporo that his unit will exert all its effort to maintain zero violence and maintain the peace and order status in the province.

PSSupt Orlando A. Beņas, the newly appointed Provincial PNP Director of Lanao del Norte, on the other hand, informed the attendees on the procedure when requesting security detail and other pertinent COMELEC resolutions to ensure proper coordination among and between the law enforcers in the province. (Lanao del Norte) [top]

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