Marawi security measures strengthened for election campaign period


Barangay election aspiring candidates busy filing their Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) in Marawi City. (File photo by James Umaran/PIA TFBM ICCC)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 30 (PIA) — Marawi City Police Office (MCPO) continues to monitor the list of barangay election candidates this last day of certificate of candidacy (COC) filing for the coming special barangay elections on September 22. The eight-day campaign period is starting on September 12.

MCPO chief Supt. Jamal Christopher Adiong said they are on stand-by for the list to be used as one of their primary basis of operations and deployment.

“I have already assigned police personnel at the Marawi City Election Office to frequently update us on the list of candidates that might be involved not only on “rido” or family feud, but also the candidates that are included into our drug watch-list,” Adiong assured.

In case the Philippine National Police (PNP) sees drug personalities in the aspiring village leaders’ list, they will immediately submit a petition to Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to put their COCs into void.

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Marawi City is consisted of 96 barangays, 24 of which are located inside the most affected areas (MAA) and five barangays are included on the PNP’s watch-list.

PNP is also confident that the rest of election period will be orderly and peaceful.

“We have established checkpoints around the city. As of this last day of COC filing, no one even dared to violate the election gunban. That’s why we’re also thankful because the military forces are here.” Adiong added.

The police official also thinks that the existing martial law is a big factor for the city’s peaceful election period.

“As far as Marawi city’s security is concerned, I think the existing Martial law in Mindanao should be extended,“ the official said.

Adiong also assured that the PNP-Marawi is ready to replace the teachers who doesn’t want or afraid of serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and Board of Election Tellers (BETs). (WLB/PIA ICCC)

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