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PRO 12 Sends Off 696 Police to Augment Election Security

PRO 12, General Santos City – Police Regional Office 12 remains on top of security situation for the Barangay and SK Elections as it sends off 696 police personnel to augment the security forces of the region.

The PRO 12 hold a send-off ceremony at the PRO 12 Grandstand just this morning, Saturday, May 12, 2018 together with contingents coming from different law enforcement agencies.

The ceremony was led by PCSUPT MARCELO C MORALES, Regional Director, PRO 12 together with Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commanding Brigadier General of 1002nd Brigade, Philippine Army; Atty. Jose M Villanueva, Assistant Regional Election Director, COMELEC 12 and MR. Jose Leody Armada, representative of DepEd 12.

The augmentation is comprised of personnel from the Regional Headquarters, of those who are on training and of PNP-AFP Counterparts.

Out of 696 personnel deployed, 109 are to be augmented as BEIs and 291 are augmented to Cotabato Province, 71 are for Sultan Kudarat, 21are deployed for Sarangani, 96 for South Cotabato, 90 for Cotabato City and 11 for General Santos City, 5 for REMAC and 2 for QRF.

Meanwhile, 308 personnel are on stand-by that comprises 178 RHQ Personnel and 130 NOSUs/NASUs personnel ready for augmentation if necessary.

On the other hand, 90 personnel from 27th IB and JTF of AFP, 19 from BJMP and 12 from Philippine Coastguard are augmented.

The ceremony was made solemn as PSUPT JAIME SERINA III, PRO 12 Chaplain, blessed all of the personnel that will be deployed.

Meanwhile, PCSUPT MORALES reminded all the personnel to be mindful of their duties and of the laws and regulations that are to be observed and implemented during election time. He emphasizes also that the PNP personnel as security in charge must ensure that the public will be able to exercise their right to suffrage safely and freely.

He further wished for the safety of all the personnel as they ensure a safe and fair Barangay and SK Elections 2018.
“Recent events such as the neutralization of terrorists and the surrender of members of NPA’s with thousands of their firearms may suggest that peace and stability is now present in the land. However, during election time we cannot depend upon such presumption as there are still places in Region 12 deemed hot spots and still have some sightings of rebel activities that we should have to be more cautious and remain focus with our job.” Said PCSupt Morales.

“As you are going to engage yourselves into another major event in our country securing a national day for our fellow Filipinos who will be expressing and enjoying their freedom of suffrage thru voting, you must be proud that the peace and stability they enjoy today has in large part been achieved through your dedication and sacrifices.” Said PCSupt Morales. (PO1 Allan C. Navarro-RPIO12 PNCO)

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