Philippines ready for Eleksyon 2022 -Comelec, security forces

Philippine security forces and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Sunday that they were on full alert and prepared for the May 9 elections.

Several Comelec commissioners and officials of the country’s security forces conducted a walkthrough inspection of the Philippine International Convention Center, where the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) will convene on Monday.

Comelec Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan, Commissioner George Garcia, Spokesperson Director John Rex Laudiangco, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Vicente Danao Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Andres Centino, and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Artemio Abu were present during the inspection.

At the press briefing, Danao guaranteed that 225,000 PNP personnel would be operationally ready to ensure and secure an accurate and fair election.

He also announced the implementation of the nationwide total liquor ban effective on Saturday night, May 7 until Monday, May 9.

The PNP OIC also warned those who would try to conduct campaign activities would be apprehended.

Centino likewise said that AFP personnel were on full alert, with their naval and air assets ready for the May 9 polls.

“I have reminded our troops deployed all over the country to always remain non-partisan and neutral. And we assure the public that all our troops are on full alert as we have declared this full alert status yesterday. We will be ready with all our resources. Air and naval assets have been made available, and we are at this point- implementing the plans we prepared way before the election campaign,” he added.

Abu also said that the Coast Guard was prepared to ensure safe elections.

Meanwhile, the Comelec chairman promised that the poll body would protect the sanctity of all votes in the country.

“The guiding principle of the Comelec will be to protect the sanctity of the vote by all means and in whatever circumstances. Together with our partner agencies, the PNP, AFP, PCG, DepED, and other government agencies, we are going to pursue this to the end,” Pangarungan said. — DVM, GMA News

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