The “best practices” implemented by the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating, which is composed of the Comelec, Philippine Army and National Police, that led to a violent-free May 13 elections in Negros Occidental, will again be put to test during the barangay election in October.
Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, provincial police officer-in-charge, who attended the regional post-election conference at the Police Regional Office 6 headquarters in Iloilo City, said they have to replicate what they achieved in May 13 elections, although a hotly-contested election is expected because candidates live in one barangay.
Negros Occidental has 662 barangays, including Bacolod City.
The post-election conference, which was presided over by Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director, aims to identify problems encountered, lessons learned during the May 13 elections, as well as best practices, which may be adopted during the barangay elections.
The election period ends on June 12, but De la Paz said they were instructed to continue the conduct of checkpoints, to prevent the transport of deadly weapons.
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office arrested 44 gun ban violators in the province, as of this time.
Cruz said the May 13 election may be over now, but police operations against persons carrying guns and other deadly weapons outside of their residences, remains in effect.*GPB