ARMY ASSURES PEACEFUL MAY 13 POLLS IN VISAYAS
SAFE POLLS. Central Command commander, Lt. Gen. Noel Clement (third from left) presides the first quarter Visayas Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (VJPSCC) meeting on Thursday (Feb. 28, 2019) at the De Goma Hall, Central Command Headquarters in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Lahug, Cebu City, as Commission on Election assistant regional director, Veronico Petalcorin and Police Major General Rolando Felix, director for Integrated Police Operations Visayas listen. (Photo contributed by Major Abel Potutan/PIO Central Command)
CEBU CITY -- The top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Visayas on Friday assured electorates in the three regions under his jurisdiction of a safe and peaceful midterm elections on May 13, 2019.
The Central Command (Centcom) successfully hosted the first quarter Visayas Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (VJPSCC) meeting last Thursday at the De Goma Hall of Centcom.
Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, chief of Centcom, said all agencies mandated to enforce laws, security, and safety are on board in the “thorough planning” to make the upcoming midterm elections safe to both the voters and the officials administering the poll precincts.
“We will plan thoroughly for the deployment of our troops during the May 13, 2019 national and local elections,” Clement said in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
The Centcom commander said personnel from the AFP and PNP (Philippine National Police) will work closely with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure the safe conduct of the political exercise.
Clement, however, said the military will continue its mandated task in ensuring the over-all security concern of the central (Region 7), eastern (Region 8), and western Visayas (Region 6) regions, on top of their commitment of peaceful and secure elections.
“While we are preparing for the elections, let us not forget our usual and regular task of keeping the peace and supporting development, which we had been doing when there are no elections,” Clement told the joint coordinating council participants.
Police Major General Rolando Felix, director for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) Visayas of the PNP reminded all the members of the joint coordinating council “to enhance and continue coordination and information sharing, and to adopt best practices that had resulted to excellent results,” said Major Abel Potutan, Centcom’s acting public information officer.
Potutan said the joint coordinating council tackled the Joint Implementing Plans (IMPLANs) intended for a coordinated deployment of troops during the elections.
Philippine Coast Guard (Central Visayas) chief, Commodore Ronnie Gil Gavan also discussed during the meeting the National Coast Watch System and its regional coordinating center.
Threat situation updates covering the Visayas and the AFP-PNP Campaign Plan “Kapanatagan” were also discussed during the joint council meeting, Potutan said.
Veronico Petalcorin, assistant director of the Comelec-7, who attended the meeting, thanked both the military and the police for their commitment to serve in the elections. (PNA)