PNP getting ready for barangay polls
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is poised to implement a 45-day nationwide security operations for the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next month.
PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has issued a Letter of Instruction HOPE 2010-Bravo, mobilizing the entire 135, 000-strong police force to assume election duties as deputies of the Commission on Elections.
“We take this challenge as another opportunity for the PNP to shine and possibly duplicate our fine performance of election duties in the last May 10, 2010 national and local polls,” Bacalzo said.
The PNP chief has designated Director Benjamin Belarmino, the PNP Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO), as commander of National Task Force HOPE 2010-Bravo, with the primary responsibility to oversee and supervise all election security operations by lower units.
Comelec Resolution 9019 orders the PNP and AFP to enforce a nationwide gun ban from September 25 to Nov 10, 2010 or 30 days before and 15 days after the synchronized Barangay and SK electons on October 25.
Joint Security Coodinating Centers (JSCC) will be put up by the PNP and AFP at the national, regional, provincial and municipal levels to ensure police-military inter-operability and coordination in operations against Partisan Armed Groups and other election law violators.
The PNP Chief has also instructed NTF HOPE 2010-Bravo to closely monitor thee prevailing situation in perennial election hotspots and to initiate immediate action to prevent any outbreak of election-related violence. Anthony Vargas