The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office is deploying additional policemen to the 5th district starting Monday, as part of their security preparations for the June 2 special elections.
Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday said there is an adequate number of policemen to ensure the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections in the 5th district, on top of Army soldiers to be deployed in the area.
Provincial Comelec Supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday presided over a security briefing at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, which was also attended by military and police officials in the province.
NOPPO is getting 50 policemen from the Police Regional Office 6 to help secure the special election in the municipalities of Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana and Himamaylan City, which comprise the 5th district.
Guisihan said the additional 50 policemen will man the checkpoints in the 5th district.
The military will also maximize its visibility operations in the hinterlands of the 5th district of Negros Occidental, especially in the six barangays classified as rebel-influenced areas, Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said.
Not a single violator has been arrested for violation of the Comelec gun ban, has been averted since the election period started on April 18.*GPB