Local campaign period peaceful so far – PNP chief

Oscar D. Albayalde

EXCEPT for an insurgency-related incident in Cordillera over the weekend, the situation in the country remained generally peaceful after the campaign period for local candidates started rolling last Friday, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

The PNP chief was refering to an encounter in Bauko, Mountain Province last Friday which took the life of  Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil of the 1502nd Maneuver Company of the Cordillera 15th Regional Mobile Force Battalion. Corporal Eirphil Lapniten was wounded.

“As of this morning, except for an insurgency-related incident in Cordillera over the weekend, a generally peaceful and uneventful atmosphere is holding — on the third day of the campaign period for local elective positions in the May 13, 2019 elections on the heels of intensified security and law enforcement operations by PNP units against election law violations, particularly in 941 areas identified as election hotspots,” Gen. Albayalde said.

CITES PNP-CIDG ACCOMPLISHMENT

The PNP chief cited the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Major General Amador V. Corpus for their major contribution to the peace and order campaign of the PNP significantly accounting for wanted persons and loose firearms.

“I am pleased to take note of the significant results of a nationwide weeklong operations launched by the CIDG under Maj. Gen. Amador Corpus against organized crime and loose firearms that netted 137 firearms, 34 explosive devices and 168 arrested persons, that include 23 incumbent elective including incumbent Mayor Romeo Vargas, of Tubajon, Dinagat Island and incumbent Vice Mayor Antonio Adlao of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013,” the top cop said.

Corpus has ordered his 17 regional units and special operating teams to go all-out against wanted persons, organized crime gangs, partisan armed groups and loose firearms across the country to ensure peaceful and credible May 13 national and local elections.

“We are mounting a massive program to help arrest the presence in particular of loose firearms and other deadly weapons that could be used as an instrument to commit violence during the election period,” Corpus told the Journal Group.