BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Philippine National Police is intensifying the conduct of checkpoints and its crime prevention campaign to address safety and security concerns, as campaign period for local candidates starts today.
PBrig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, regional police director of Western Visayas, yesterday said that they already prepared their contingency plans and security measures for the May 9 elections.
Dongbo added that police commanders across the region were already given instruction operationalize their respective security implementing plans to prevent the possible occurrence of crimes and address various concerns pertaining to safety and security.
We will keep on tracking the results and progress of our plans. In case there is a need for modification and adjustment, we are ready to do so, in close coordination with Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and other security agencies, he added.
With 45 days remaining before May 9, Dongbo said the Police Regional Office 6 continues and intensifies its crime prevention endeavors and the conduct of COMELEC checkpoints across Western Visayas.
As of March 21, the PRO 6 units all over the region arrested 119 persons for violation of the Comelec gun ban, seizing 69 assorted guns and 59 bladed weapons, regional police spokesman Lt. Col. Arnel Solis said.
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office recorded the highest number of Comelec gun ban violators with 47; followed by Iloilo PPO – 19; Aklan PPO – 15; Iloilo City – 12; Capiz PPO and Bacolod City with 9 each; and Antique and Guimaras PPO with 4 each.*