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PIA Press Release
2007/05/02

Northern Mindanao remains peaceful and orderly - PNP

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 May) -- Northern Mindanao remains peaceful and orderly even while the campaign period for local candidates has already started.

This is the assessment of P/Chief Supt. Teodorico B. Capuyan, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP), region 10, who said the inter-agency coordination and the establishment of good rapport by the PNP-10 personnel with the civilians and other government employees in the region contributed to the relatively peaceful election period.

"This office is closely monitoring the possible intervention of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army (CPP/NPA) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) especially on the issue of the 'Permit-to-Campaign (PTC)' or the 'Permit-to-Win (PTW)' for the May 14, 207 elections," he said.

Capuyan also said that with the establishment of the Community Base Support System (CBSS) and the restructuring of the Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN), the active support of the local government and the cooperation of other friendly forces in PNP-10's area of responsibility (AOR) in the forthcoming election is expected to be peaceful and orderly.

Meanwhile, he said, in view of PNP-10's commitment to secure the conduct of the electoral process region-wide, specific deployment of PNP personnel will be effected so that all polling centers and canvassing areas are secured by a combination of area and route security (ARS) and police visibility.

Initially, PNP-10 personnel including those assigned in the Regional and Provincial Offices and Non-Uniformed Service, as well as the Municipal/City Police Stations shall be utilized for election duty to its maximum leaving only enough or appropriate people to secure their respective offices.

"On said days, passes, breaks and official leave of absence of the personnel shall be curtailed while those on schooling will be returned back to their respective units purposely to serve election duties," he said.

On the other hand, to prevent insurgents from exacting PTC fees, PNP-10 shall intensify Internal Security Operations (ISO) in areas where insurgents are present and provide ARS during campaign sorties by candidates in coordination and or joint efforts with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"Similarly, PNP-10 will also secure political campaign meetings, rallies and motorcades with or without the request of said political parties and initiate peace covenants among local candidates to promote civility among them and their supporters.

As of April 19, 2007, a total of nine (9) peace covenants were initiated by PNP-10 in the region and signed by the different candidates in the May 14 elections in the following areas: Mambajao in Camiguin, Bacolod, Baroy, Kolambugan, Magsaysay and Tubod in Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, Bukidnon and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

"Continued efforts are still being undertaken to realize the signing of peace covenants among opposing politicians/candidates in other parts in the region," he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 110 firearms of which 45 were high powered and 65 were low powered including nine (9) grenades/explosives, eight (8) bladed weapons and 362 ammunitions were confiscated while 131 persons were arrested in connection with the gun ban implementation in the region, as of April 29, 2007.

Of those arrested, 120 are civilians, six (6) are AFP members, two (2) are policemen and three (3) are government officials.

Capuyan said 59 cases against gun ban violators have been filed in court while 14 cases are under investigation. (PIA 10) [top]

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