President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in ensuring “the free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible conduct” of recall elections in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
By virtue of Memorandum Order 80 signed on April 22, Aquino directed the law enforcement agencies and instru-mentalities of the government to be on watch and perform their duties during the city’s recall elections on May 8.
The Memorandum Order was issued upon the request of the Comelec for the concurrence of the President in the deputation of law enforcement agencies during the mayoralty polls. The President is the military and the police’s commander-in-chief.
“The foregoing law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies are hereby directed to coordinate and cooperate with the Comelec in the performance of their duties and functions,” President Aquino’s order stated.
The Comelec en banc scheduled the recall elections in Puerto Princesa a year and a day before the next national elections on May 9, 2016.
It affirmed the validity of 22,326 signatures in the recall petition initiated by former city information officer Al Roben Goh in March 2014.
Goh sought the recall of incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron of Puerto Princesa because of alleged “loss of trust and confidence” in him by city residents.