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Cordillera police to make Abra a non-Comelec controlled area in 2013 elections

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

BAGUIO CITY. Dec. 2 (PIA) — It is the vision of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (Pro-Cor) that Abra no longer be under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the 2013 elections and they are working hard for its realization.

Abra is a traditional hot spot during elections due to problems on intense political rivalry, private armed groups, loose firearms, among others.

Abra is again listed in the 15 provinces considered “high-risk” areas for election violence in the May 2013 midterm polls recently released by the Philippine National Police, and would be getting priority security preparations.

PRO-Cor Regional Director Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong said that all the action of the PNP and the people of Abra will make sure that there would be a peaceful and orderly conduct of elections in 2013.

The PRO-Cor will be realigning and redeploying the police force in the different municipalities in the province. Police will be more visible and the police checkpoint operations will also have stricter implementation, according to Magalong.

“I gave the order na wala nang sasantuhing politico sa mga checkpoints,” , he said.

Magalong explained that most politicians threaten policemen during the conduct of checkpoints so this time, they will make sure that everyone will adhere to police checkpoints within the province.

“This time wala ng favor – favor, pag check point, check point (This time there will be be no favored politicos, we will do our jobs at the checkpoints),” he added.

He assured that in the strict implementation of the checkpoint and increased police visibility, the police will respect human rights and they will be asking the politicians to cooperate.

Magalong disclosed that he had already met with the political families and clans in the province and they gave him a positive response with regards to making Abra safer and more peaceful particularly during the conduct of the elections.

He believes that talking to these politicians will reduce tension among political rivals in the province. This is part of the action plan being done to pacify the different clan and political disputes.

The police force will also continue to intensify the campaign against private armed groups of some politicians. He reported that from 86 PAGs, they were able to cut down it to 30 PAGs.

Meanwhile, different sectors including the religious, business and the non-government organizations in Abra are glad with the efforts of the PNP towards a peaceful, orderly and honest election in 2013.

He said that the Abrenians have a positive outlook that the vision for peaceful election will be realized and the province will be a better and peaceful place to live in. (JDP/RC- PIA CAR)


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11 thoughts on “Cordillera police to make Abra a non-Comelec controlled area in 2013 elections

  1. Juicemiyo!garapon!Porma!

    Posted by SOSOP | December 4, 2012, 6:15 pm
  2. Political godfathers of abra , your time is running out.
    This is what’s needed in abra .No Nonsesne policy of Gen Magalong.
    I salute you Sir!

    Posted by musilat mulagat | December 4, 2012, 11:40 pm
  3. First, let me express my sincerest admiration of your unequivocal support to the President’s advocacy or maybe it’s your own personal commitment to leave a legacy for your own bloodline to be proud of, with our fervent prayers for your safety and the outpouring of unstoppable blessings to your family. But, please never loosen our security or just forget your vision to release our province under the control of COMELEC because their political leaders/handlers/hired killers wouldn’t think twice to harass scared voters like me. Yes, it might be possible that someone will force himself to vote for me inside the polling place, preventing others from voting, or change the ballots with ghosts vote due to lack of security or adequate police protection.
    Otherwise, if the result of this election is more than favorable than very impressive where there’s no more excuse for our true rightful leaders to run in the next 2016 election, only then, that we have other recourse than to consider you more PNP as our real unsung heroes.

    Posted by scared voter | December 5, 2012, 1:40 pm
  4. correction: only then, that we have NO other recourse than ………..

    Posted by scared voter | December 5, 2012, 1:42 pm
  5. I just hope that politician will really cooperate. As far as I know politicians now have no word of honor. It is up to the police to implement what is supposed to be implemented and not rely on the words of these politician that they will cooperate.

    Posted by SV2 | December 6, 2012, 6:30 am
  6. thank you very much sir magalong if this kind of policy will indeed be implemented. a lot of abrenians are really clamoring for this but i agree with SV2..NEVER TRUST THE WORDS OF A POLITICIAN! cooperation is not part of their vocabulary. at this time we know that a lot of them are already cooking up sinister plans to intimidate, cheat, coerce, manipulate people to their advantage. we need a strong policy from PNP to control these evil activities. we rely on you word sir. we need an impartial, apolitical PNP to preserve the right of the abrenians to choose. i hope that this would not be another disappointment for us.

    Posted by manna.lon | December 6, 2012, 7:32 am
    • no paris met lng ni general magalong dagiti naglabas nga commander ti PNP, awan met la serbi dagita diskurso na. tupakan da laeng ti milyones, bangking to manen ti bisngay dagiti appo a popolis

      Posted by jack | January 7, 2013, 10:01 pm
  7. Napintas daydi inaramid ti PNP nga inyalis da amin nga pulis dijay Region, no jak nga agirrado idi naudi nga eleksyon tapno maliklikan ti partisan,,, syempre pabor latta kadagiti agdama nga agtuturay ta iggem da met dagitay pulis nga nakaasign kadagitay Monisipyo da (PNP are under the supervision/custody of the local executives) ika nga.

    so kasano ngarud koma nga masigurado ni Gen. Magalong nga neutral dagitay pulis na? ket no intay amirisen ket pulis met ti nakapalikos ken ni apo Mayor wenno ken ni apo Gobernador… “MADI NGA KAGATEN TI ASO JAY AMO NA NGA MANGPAKPAKAN KANYA NA”

    Agibasbasar la toy nomo ti kinapudno…….

    Posted by TAGA_BAKIR | December 7, 2012, 3:03 pm
  8. eleksyon kuman ta adu ti iwarasmi a kwarta 10k maysa tao dtoy bangued.

    Posted by nic | December 7, 2012, 5:25 pm
  9. awan ti maaramidan ti tao, awan maaramidan ti polis wenu soldado. dagiti politiko ti mangar-aramid ti kinagulo ditoy abra
    dagiti tao ket umawat da laeng met ti kwarta, dagiti polis, agbuteng da met a matransfer

    Posted by jack | January 7, 2013, 9:57 pm

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