Police commanders in Western Visayas have been ordered to come up with contingency plans, in coordination with the Commission on Elections and Armed Forces of the Philippines, to prevent violence that may occur during the election period.
There were no untoward incidents in the initial two days of filing of certificates of candidacy in Region 6, Supt. John Bulalacao, regional police director of Western Visayas, said.
Negros Occidental has also been peaceful, provincial police spokesperson Senior Inspector Aireen Cordua said.
Bulalacao also reported that they have not monitored any presence of armed groups and intense political rivalry.
But the Negros Occidental Police Provincial is closely monitoring private armed groups in the Salvador Benedicto, Toboso, Calatrava areas.
Although there are no incidents that could threaten the current peace and order situation of the region, Bulalacao said the Police Regional Office 6 will sustain its deployment until the last day of filing of the certificates of candidacy, while aiming for zero major incidents until the election period is over.
He attributed the peaceful political atmosphere to the cooperation of the candidates and their supporters, the collaboration between the COMELEC, PNP and AFP, and the active support of the force multipliers and other stakeholders.*
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