BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Police commanders in Western Visayas have been ordered to exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with demonstrators protesting of the outcome of May 9 elections.
PBrig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, regional police director of Western Visayas, however issued an appeal for those who may engage in protest actions to avoid activities that can disrupt the peace and order, and to follow existing laws and ordinances.
Dongbo said that PNP personnel should strictly follow the PNP operational procedures and exercise maximum tolerance at all times.
Furthermore, he reminded police personnel to ensure the safety of both the rallyists and the general public.
No properties must be damaged and it must not cause inconveniences such as traffic congestion and disruption of the normal activities of the people in the areas where protests are held, Dongbo added.
He also commended the 12,000 police personnel of the region for their contribution in safeguarding and ensuring the peaceful and orderly conduct of May 9 polls.
Not a single election-related incident took place during the synchronized national and local elections in Western Visayas, especially in the 19 poll hotspots in Negros Occidental.
The 12,000 police officers were distributed across Western Visayas based on threats, risks and security requirements of the areas, Dongbo said.
They performed tasks such as providing security to polling centers, mobile security teams, manning the election monitoring action centers and providing quick response teams, among others, he added.*