The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental deployed 161 personnel to police stations in the cities and towns in the province to ensure peaceful and honest barangay elections today.
OIC provincial director, Supt. Alet Virtucio, led the send-off ceremony Saturday afternoon at the PNP provincial office at Camp Fernandez in Sibulan town.
This is in fulfillment of the requirement of the Commission on Elections to field two policemen per polling center, he said.
Except for Dumaguete and Canlaon that have more than enough police personnel, most town and cities in Negros Oriental need reinforcement for today's polls, Virtucio said.
Of the number of augmentation forces deployed for election duty, 154 are non-commissioned and seven are officers, who will be distributed to the three congressional districts of the province to assist the Comelec district supervisors.
The augmentation forces include 50 from the PNP in Region 7 based in Cebu City and 111 from the ongoing Special Counterinsurgency Operations Unit Training Class 40-13, Virtucio said.
There are 531 polling places province-wide with a requirement of 1,062 police personnel, and this has been complied with, through the deployment of the augmentation forces, Virtucio said.
The PNP is also strictly enforcing the liquor ban.
Virtucio said he has directed police chiefs to inspect business establishments to ensure that they comply with the ban, and to conduct checkpoints twice a day for the Comelec gun ban.
Six people have been arrested for violating the gun ban, he said.
No election-related violence has been reported in Negros Oriental as of press time, even as the police and the military are keeping a close watch on 28 barangays identified as potential areas of concern during the polls.*JFP
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