SECURITY forces yesterday stepped-up measures to prevent the flow of illegal weapons and other tools that could be used to disrupt the second round of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in six Lanao del Norte municipalities and 39 barangays in North Cotabato today.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said they will be using the same template they applied during the first BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and in the cities of Cotabato and Basilan last January 21 to ensure the holding of a secure and fair second BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato.
The plebiscite will be held in the municipalities of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and in 39 barangays in the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pigkawayan and Pikit in North Cotabato.
The PNP will be fielding a much smaller contingent of 3,029 policemen in 588 polling centers in the concerned areas, said Police Regional Office 12 director Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco who has ordered a strict enforcement of the gun ban in Central Mindanao since last January 13.
Since the start of the gun ban in the region, police have already confiscated 16 firearms and a grenade.
Rasco called on his men to account for all “instruments of violence” that will disrupt the May 13 national and local elections in the region.