AFP steps up operations against terrorist groups ahead of elections


(ANP photo by Judy Flores-Partlow)

MANILA – The army will further intensify its operations against local communists and terrorist groups to ensure orderly and peaceful elections on May 9.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, General Andres Centino, said troops deployed across the country remain vigilant against groups that may prevent the public from voting.

“With the campaign period for national and local posts in full swing, now more than ever, we at AFP implore troops deployed across the country to remain vigilant against entities that may threaten or impede our citizens. to safely exercise their constitutional right to vote for our nation’s next leaders, including the executives of our local governments,” Centino said in a statement Monday.

Centino said the AFP, along with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), are “doing their best” to protect the elections so people can exercise the right to vote for their chosen leaders. “without fear and intimidation”.

On April 8, AFP and the PNP presented security updates during the third Joint Command Conference at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club at Camp Aguinaldo.

During the meeting, security updates and deployment of vote counting machines, official ballots and other election paraphernalia were discussed.

The directive provides policies and guidelines for member agencies, as delegated by the Electoral Commission to conduct peace and security operations.

The PNP will be responsible for assuming the lead role in law enforcement operations, including investigations and assisting Comelec in the prosecution of election-related cases.

The PCG will take the lead in law enforcement operations in coastal or maritime areas.

The AFP will lead the conduct of joint operations involving the suppression of the insurgency and other serious threats to national security.

Under Comelec resolutions No. 10755 and No. 10743, the AFP, PNP and PCG will provide security at polling stations, including election materials to be used during elections.

They will also ensure the security of Comelec staff, its deputies and other persons performing election-related functions. (NAP)

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