The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deputized members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the success of the special election that will be held in the fifth district of Negros Occidental on June 2.
The Comelec in its resolution 9389 dated April 13 has tasked the two law enforcement agencies to ensure “free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible conduct of special election” to choose the district’s representative to the House of Congress replacing Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo who passed away several months ago.
M/Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID), said they have been tasked to provide security to all polling places including election paraphernalia, equipment and other forms and supplies related that will be used by the Comelec.
Also, they have to provide escorts in the absence of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies, look into the existence of armed groups and make available military assets if needed.
Meantime, members of the Joint Peace Security Coordinating Center meet today to discuss further preparation for the forthcoming elections even as Mabanta stated that so far there are no election areas of concern identified in the district.