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PNP continues to maintain peace and order in Misamis Oriental

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (11 November) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to do its mandated task of maintaining the peace in Misamis Oriental with the active support of the populace, thereby, making the province a safe place to live, work, invest and do business.

This was the assurance of P/Sr. Supt. Graciano J. Mijares, Provincial Director of PNP Mis. Or. during a meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) where he reported the Provincial PNP's accomplishments in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Probably due to the signing of the peace covenants among candidates before the election initiated by the PNP in coordination with the other stakeholders of the community, the occurrence of election-related violent incidents (ERVI) was reduced to a minimal level.

During election day, only one ERVI was noted to have taken place in the province, that of the mauling of Naza Libot, candidate for SK Chairman of barangay Tubigan in Initao town by one Richard Tiu, another candidate for the position.

The other reported ERVI occurred last Oct. 24, involving the shooting of Rogelio Amaro, son of a candidate for Barangay Chairperson of Consuelo, Magsaysay town, who sustained gunshot wounds.

For the post-election scenario, the Mis. Or. PPO reported two (2) shooting incidents, last Nov. 2: the first was in Barangay Hinigdanan, El Salvador that resulted in the death of its Punong Barangay, Rey Dadang by one Jerry Rances, who is now behind bars and second in Sitio Liguiron, Brgy. Cauyonan, Opol resulting in the wounding of two victims who have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, as early as Oct. 15, 2010, a total of 359 personnel from the Mis. Or. PPO Headquarters (PHQ), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and the Regional Training School (RTS) region 10, were deployed to the different Municipal Police Stations in the 24 towns and province as augmentation force for the Oct. 25 elections.

Mijares said the good coordination between the PNP with the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade of Philippine Army really paid off in reducing the ERVI's of Mis. Or.

About 65 personnel of 403rd Bde and 1,022 members of the Civilian Auxiliary Forces Geographical Units (CAFGU) were assigned to secure the hinterlands of the province while 140 others were assigned in the western portion of the province. (PIA 10) [top]

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