Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here have expressed optimism that the upcoming national and local elections next year will be peaceful.
Police Senior Supt. Valfrie Tabian, PNP provincial director, said there are no private armed groups in the province who might disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.
“There are no private armed groups in Nueva Vizcaya. However, we have directed our unit commanders to intensify information gathering and conduct of police operations against loose firearms,” Tabian said during a recent meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
He said close monitoring is also being undertaken on political leaders and supporters who might organize armed groups to be utilized in the upcoming 2013 national and local elections.
Tabian also downplayed possible threat of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels frequenting remote barangays of the province, particularly in the towns of Ambaguio, Villaverde, Alfonso Castaneda and parts of Bagabag and Solano.