PRO 12 to Tightens Security for 2019 BOL Plebiscite

PRO12, General Santos City- Police Regional Office 12 will tighten police security in areas of North Cotabato and Cotabato City for the upcoming 2019 Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and in other places of SOCCSKSARGEN region.

On a conference presided by PCSUPT ALFREDO C. VALDEZ, The Acting Director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation-Western Mindanao (DIPO-WestMin), the City and Provincial Directors of Cotabato City Police Office and Cotabato Police Provincial Office laid down security plans to be used should there be untoward incidents that will affect the peaceful and honest conduct of the plebiscite.

The security plan includes the utilization of Police Officers to act as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in absence of teachers due to issues on security situation in places considered as election hotspots.

Said Police Officers were trained to perform the function of BEI Teachers. They are well trained and experienced BEIs utilized during 2016 Presidential Election and this year’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE 2018).

PCSUPT VALDEZ during conference said that the security preparation always plays crucial role to preempt any Election-related violence from occurrence that may be posed by internal security threat groups particularly by Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

PCSUPT ELISEO TAM RASCO, PRO 12 Regional Director, said that the security plan will safeguard citizens and places, and election venues before, during and post BOL Election which will be jointly implemented by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP); COMELEC with the support from its force multipliers.

The Command Conference was attended by all Police City and Provincial Directors (CDs and PDs), Chiefs of Police Stations, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 12 (RMFB 12) Force Commander and Mobile Force Company Commanders; and heads of National Administrative Support Units (NASU) and National Operation Support Units. (PO1 Allan C Navarro-RPIO12 PNCO)