Army: No poll hotspots in DavOr

THE 67TH Infantry battalion said they won’t recommend any poll hotspots in Davao Oriental and parts of Surigao del Sur for the coming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month.

“We are very peaceful here,,” Lt. Col. Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the 67th Infantry Battalion, told reporters in an interview on Saturday in Baganga, Davao Oriental. “(We monitored zero permit to campaign and zero permit to win.”

The 67th IB covers the area of the first district of Baganga, Cateel, Boston, Caraga, and Manay in Davao Oriental and Lingig in Surigao del Sur.

The Section Committee (Secom) 20, Secom 15, Guerrilla Front 25 and Pulang Bagani Company 8 of the New People’s Army are operating in Davao Oriental.

Meanwhile, the police and military earlier said they are already monitoring private armed groups and other threat groups that may affect the elections next month.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said the police will be placed under the Commission on Elections (Comelec) supervision starting April 14 up to May 18.

With this, the police will enforce several Comelec-issued resolutions relating to peace and order situation before, during, and after the elections.

Among the resolutions is Comelec Resolution 10197 which imposes a gun ban during the election period, Driz said.

For now, the police could not yet determine any areas of concern in the region.

“If there are (intense) rivalries between barangay candidates, it is one of the parameters that we consider if we declare it an area of concern,” she added, adding that previous election-related incidents in the barangay may also be considered.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the military will also conduct security operations prior to the election period. He said line battalions are also tasked to coordinate with the nearest police stations for the security measures.

But with the surrender of several NPA members and supporters, Lamosao said, “we can’t see any possibility of any trouble.”

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