South Luzon police vow fair 2016 polls

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CHIEF Supt. Ronald Santos from the South Luzon police office assured the public on Wednesday police forces in the region will enforce the Commission on Elections (Comelec) guidelines to ensure peaceful and orderly elections in May.

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“Nais natin siguruhin na maipapatupad ng maayos ang batas alinsunod sa ating Comelec guidelines [We want to ensure that the law will be enforced in accordance with the guidelines of the Commission on Elections],” Santos said in his welcome address to participants in the first Southern Luzon Coordinating Conference of the Joint Security Control Center on issues and concerns related to the conduct of this year’s national elections in the region.

Santos, deputy regional director for administration of Police Regional Office (PRO) 4A,

underscored the significant contributions of the police regional offices, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Comelec in assuring the holding of secure and fair synchronized polls in May 2016, as well as promoting stronger and sustained collaboration among the offices, the military and the poll body.

The two-day conference, held at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna and hosted by PRO Calabarzon, also discussed election watchlist areas, private armed groups, election-related violent incidents and the political landscape in Southern Luzon.

Representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) talked about election threats and the deployment of military forces. Also present in the event were representatives from PRO 4B and PRO 5.

Those from the poll body reiterated their guidelines on conducting checkpoint operations in relation to the Omnibus Election Code.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants signed the “Integrity Pledge Wall for Free, Orderly, Peaceful, and Credible 2016 Elections.” Doves and balloons were released to symbolize peace.

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