Leyte Samar Daily Express
BILIRAN remain peaceful said Police Senior Superintendent Felix Diloy as no election related incident yet reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the start of campaign period.
He said PNP is prepared for securing the conduct of May 13, 2013 midterm elections.
“All security preparations are ready for this election. In fact we also have contingency plan,” said Diloy.
He added that they would enforce the law without any favor and would practice impartiality on complaints against candidates no matter what the political affiliation.
Diloy said they have close coordination with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the 19th Infantry Battalion that had sent additional forces in the province.
Although no areas were declared as hot spots or areas of concern, the police official said that among the focus of the joint forces of PNP and AFP are remote barangays.
“We have checkpoints in selected areas to ensure peaceful election and we will also assist the AFP to secure polling places,” Diloy said.
He added that there was no apprehension for violation on gun ban in the province but they were able to apprehend an individual who was carrying a bladed weapon.
“So far, we are hoping that this is going to be a peaceful election,” said Diloy.
He added that to ensure a peaceful and honest election, voters must be responsible with their votes and denounce any intimidation of local candidates and their supporters. (Roel Amazona)