First 2 days of local campaign generally peaceful -- National Capital Region Police Office

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office Director Maj. General Guillermo Eleazar said the first two days of campaign period of local candidates for May midterm elections in Metro Manila are generally peaceful.

Eleazar said there were no untoward incidents recorded.

He said they are expecting that the next six weeks of the campaign period for local candidates would be critical as the election date nears.

Though there was no election hotspot declared in Metro Manila, nevertheless they still need to monitor strong political rivalries in certain areas.

“Local election campaign periods have shown traditionally, tension arises when poll camps become physical and emotional because every single candidate has his/her own rabid camp and followers who are more involved intensely, during those periods, “ Eleazar said. “There is a probability of clashes amongst the local candidates and his/her followers. In this regard, I urge all involved in the campaign to stay calm and cool, and more importantly, stay right and legal.”

Eleazar, said a total of 14,000 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila.

He also ordered all district directors to intensify police operations against Private Armed Groups, criminal gangs, wanted persons, gun-for-hire groups and loose firearms.

“We will also increase the frequency of checkpoints in the metropolis to help deter criminal minds in executing their evil designs. I have strict orders to our commanders in the field to observe proper procedures and professionalism when conducting the checkpoints,” Eleazar said.