ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) is deploying some 6,004 policemen to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 13 midterm elections.
Police Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, PRO-9 director, said on Thursday that policemen will be deployed 10 days before the elections alongside military personnel to secure polling centers around the region.
Licup said the region has a total of 2.2 million registered voters in 1,882 voting centers all over the region, based on the data of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
He said the police have been tasked with security provisions for the storage, delivery, and retrieval of vote-counting machines (VCMs) and accessories, ballots and other election paraphernalia.
Some of the police personnel are also tasked to secure all Comelec hubs and offices, conduct focused police operations such as conduct of aggressive campaigns against motorcycle-riding criminals, wanted persons, and gun-for-hire personalities to preempt election-related violence; intensification of checkpoint operations in all crime areas and intensification of police visibility patrols and other crime prevention measures.
Meanwhile, Licup has urged the public to be vigilant and to report violations of election laws committed by local candidates and their supporters during the campaign period and on Election Day. (PNA)