Election peaceful in Basilan; Cops stand as BET reserve PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:04

Election was generally peaceful in Basilan as voters were enthusiastic to cast their votes as early as 7 in the morning.

Voters in Isabela City, Lamitan and Maluso trooped to the different polling places to cast their votes as early as the first hour yesterday morning.

The same situation was initially reported from remote municipalities where voting started at 7:00 a.m.

Basilan Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo disclosed that he has dispatched police troopers to their their respective assignment since Saturday to see to it that election in the different barangays will not be disrupted by any violent incident.

Gonzalodo hired two commuter vans  and sent 15 police troopers to the municipality of Lamitan and 10 to Maluso to standby as reserve for Board Election Tellers.

The assignment of  policemen as BET was Gonzalodo's own suggestion during the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center meeting presided by the Comelec on October 18 at the Provincial Capitol.

According to Gonzalodo, the Commission on Elections has approved an en banc resolution allowing policemen and soldiers  to become Board Election Tellers if in case teachers would not want to serve because of death threat or pressure by candidates.

"We are always ready," Gonzalodo said.

During the sending of the 25 police troopers to Lamitan and Maluso, Gonzalodo told them enthustiastically that what they are doing is a sacrifice as a sworn duty to the country so that the electorate can exercise their right of suffrage.

He also said that Comelec together with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines perform their task in all the municipalities of the province and Isabela City.

The voters were provided security so that they can exercise their right of suffrage, “but there are some isolated cases that can not be controlled by any human being because some are addicted to or crazy over politics... Nevertheless everything will be addressed by the law enforcers and everything are mangeable," Gonzalodo said.

In Isabela City at the Pilot Central Elementary School, the Highway Patrol Group Provincial Team led by SPO3 Alson Aripin and SPO2 Vincent Parame assisted in untangling traffic as big crowd of voters jammed the school between 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. eager to cast their votes.

Gonzalodo was optimistic that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election in Basilan would concluded successfully.

By Allen Abastillas