BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 14 (PIA) — The Commission on Elections – Cordillera Regional Office kicked off election period with the activation of Comelec checkpoints and Unity Walk Interfaith Prayer Rally and Peace Covenant Signing in the different parts of the region on Sunday.
The unity walk and covenant signing were participated by local candidates. the police, Comelec, Department of Interior and Local Government, civil society organizations and voters for peaceful, honest and credible elections.
Comelec checkpoints were set up in strategic locations in the Baguio City in the provinces, and operations started midnight of Jan. 13 until the end of election period on June 12, 2019. The gun ban is in effect during this period.
In preparations for the May elections, Comelec Cordillera convened the Regional Joint Security Control Center for the first command conference last week.
COMELEC-CAR Regional Director lawyer Julius Torres said that they have now started the necessary arrangements for the election period. He said they are expecting an honest, orderly and peaceful elections region but they are still looking at the situation of the province of Abra.
Abra had been included in the watch list areas and even under COMELEC control in previous elections due to its history of election- related violence and volatile political situation. 2016 was considered to be the most peaceful elections in the province.
PSSupt. Homer Penecilla of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera, said that they are looking at some risk factors for this election including the intense political rivalry of several families of politicians in the provincial level and other municipalities, the presence of private armed groups and gun for hires, and the threats and activities of the communist NPA-terrorist groups present in the province.
PRO-Cor Deputy Regional Director for Administration PCSupt. R’win Pagkalinawan stressed to the police officers to strictly implement election laws to have an honest, orderly and peaceful elections. He also called on the police officers not to take any consideration from politicians especially in Abra.
For the part of the AFP, 7th ID Assistant Division Commander BGen. Lenard Agustin. said that they will be working closely with their PNP counterparts to ensure a successful election this 2019. He said that they would be doing more work in the province of Abra which has been identified as a problematic area.
Department of Education -Cordillera Regional Director May Eclar committed the teachers to again play a big role in this election process despite the dangers and the challenges.
“Despite the threats, DepEd commits to serve in the elections with the support of the AFP and the PNP,” Eclar said. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)
Source: PIA Feed