PNP, media practitioners join hands to support clean, honest and orderly May polls
By R.G. Cadavos
Maasin City, Southern Leyte (4 May) -- In a fellowship dinner, Friday with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Southern Leyte Provincial Office led by Provincial Director Pepito Pacada, the government and private media committed to support a clean, honest and orderly elections come May 10, 2010.
Sr. Supt. Pacada in an informal interview held at Camp Alfredo K. Bantug Police Headquarters at the Capitol Site here asked the press to join them in monitoring the May 2010 polls, saying "this is history, the 1st automated elections in our country, the role of media in this event is to report what is happening before, during and after elections."
Pacada encouraged the media to be part of the national activity, and "join hands together to have an honest, fair and peaceful elections." That the media should document anything seen wrong or something that violates the law so that spot corrections will be done, he said.
He disclosed that there are only 463 men in uniform who are ready to monitor the May polls throughout the province, that excludes the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). There are coordinating centers identified by the PNP in each municipality, which can receive any information pertaining to the elections, he further disclosed.
There's no hot spot considered here in Southern Leyte, only a special area that needs special concern, the municipality of Liloan, he informed. "Liloan falls under category 1, because of its history of election-related violence, augmentation of forces has been already acted to closely monitor the area," Pacada reported.
In the dinner hosted by the PNP, Pacada also relayed the absentee voting conducted last Thursday, April 29 where 21 military men casted their votes in Maasin City, in the presence of the Comelec and the PNP.
It was learned that covered by the local absentee voting are around 21,000 government officials and employees as well as members of the military and police who will be on election duty in places where they are not registered on May 10, Election Day.
The get-together dinner was participated by media practitioners of Radio Station DySL-Radyo ng Bayan based in Sogod town, from PIA, Radio Station DyDM, representatives from Southern Leyte Time and Southern Leyte Balita, correspondent from the Philippines Daily Inquirer, Jani Arnaiz, among others. (PIA-soleyte) [top]