15,000-strong security forces to safeguard polls in W. Visayas

DEPLOYED. Gov’t forces showcase their assets during the simultaneous multi-agency send-off and turnover ceremonies at the Camp Gen. Martin Teofilo B. Delgado in Iloilo City on Wednesday (May 4, 2022). Over 15,000-strong force of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, and the Philippine Coast Guard will secure Western Visayas during the May 9 elections. (Photo courtesy of PRO6 Regional Public Information Office)

ILOILO CITY – Over 15,000 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will secure Western Visayas (Region 6) during the May 9 national and local elections.

The PNP will deploy more than 12,000 uniformed personnel, about 3,000 from the military and 600 from the PCG following the simultaneous multi-agency send-off and turnover ceremonies held at the Police Region 6 headquarters at the Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City on Wednesday, said Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) spokesperson Lt. Col. Arnel Solis.

“On the part of the PNP, we are 100 percent ready for the upcoming elections. Our augmentations have already reported to their respective assignments,” he said in an interview on Thursday.

The men and women from various police units have been reminded by PRO 6 director Brig. Gen. Flynn E. Dongbo to ensure that peace and order reign in their respective areas of responsibility, especially those considered areas of concern, and be professional during this election period, he added.

“The deployment for election areas of concern is normal, depending on the requirement of the place. We have quick response teams on standby that can be mobilized to augment the forces in areas where there is a demand for them,” Solis said.

As per the latest meeting of the Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) chaired by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Solis said the areas of concern in the region remain at 44; four are classified as yellow, 35 as orange, and five as red.

Yellow means the area has a previous record of election-related incidents (ERI), orange for those with previous ERI and with threats from armed…