TO ensure peaceful and orderly conduct of elections, at least 20,000 policemen are set to be deployed in Metro Manila on Monday.
This was announced on Thursday by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Regional Director Leonardo Espina.
Espina said that 10,000 policemen would secure the polling areas while the other half would go after criminals taking advantage of the election “holiday.”
“There’s no room to be complacent, the criminal elements might strike anytime, anywhere as long as they find an opportunity,” said Espina.
The NCRPO chief also directed his five district directors to “always ask directives from the Comelec” on possible security problems they will encounter in voting precincts.
To deal with all kinds of problems that may crop up on election day, Espina called for the establishment of Joint Security Assistance Desks in the five police districts, in coordination with their respective city and municipal election officers.
“We should be vigilant at all times so that we can quickly respond to any untoward incident during the election,” he added.
Meanwhile, despite violent clashes between the camps and local candidates in the cities of Taguig and Manila, the NCRPO Chief said that no “areas of concern” or hotspot in Metropolis.
Taguig Police Chief Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis earlier informed Comelec that based on its own investigation and assessment, there is still no reason to include Taguig in the list of poll body’s “areas of concern.”
Asis made the recommendation through an assessment report on the current peace and order situation in the city submitted to Comelec.
The report was submitted to aid the Comelec in resolving the request of Tinga to declare Taguig as an election hot spot after Saturday’s scuffle between her supporters and security personnel of the city hall.
Ritchie A. Horario