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300 cops augment brgy, SK elections security


The Police Regional Office 9 has augmented 300 more policemen to assist the different police stations in securing today’s barangay and SK elections.

Police Information Officer, Sr. Insp. Shellamie Chang said, the additional policemen will not be fielded in Stations 8 in Sinunuc, 10 in Labuan and 11 in the city proper, as these police stations have enough personnel.

Chang reiterated the call of city police director Sr. Supt. Allan Nazarro for policemen to be non-partisan.

This is in connection with a policeman who was found to be assisting his wife in her campaign in the west coast.

Chang said the cop has already been relieved and if found that he violated Comelec rules on electioneering, he might face dismissal from the service.

“Poreso el advise del diaton city police director con el maga personajes del police para pensa anay mil veses antes de entra ayuda man campanya con el diila maga familia,” Chang said.

She added that policemen can carry their firearms but they should be 15 meters away from the precinct where they are assigned.

Meanwhile, Comelec City Officer, Atty. Roy Cañete said the security preparations are already in place for the conduct of the barangay and SK elections today.

Cañete said the police and Task Force Zamboanga will assist the Comelec in the distribution of the ballot boxes in the mainland barangays.

The Philippine Coast Guard will also help the Comelec in the distribution and retrieval of election materials in the island barangays.

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