Gonzalodo to Bacalzo: Basilan policemen ready for special poll PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:47

Basilan Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo has reported to Philippine National Police Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo that policemen in the province are ready to secure the special election for provincial board members on November 13 in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Commission on Elections.

Bacalzo was in Zamboanga City yesterday to grace the two-day seminar workshop on "Community Based Dialogue Session of Human Rights between the AFP, PNP, Civil Society Organization and Local Communities”, which was attended by all city and provincial police directors of Police Regional Office-9, PRO- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and senior officials of the AFP in  Mindanao.

The seminar was sponsored by the Commission on Human Rights, Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Alternative Laws Foundation and Hanns Seidel Foundation Inc.

Gonzalodo also reported to PRO-ARMM Director Chief Supt. Beinvenido Latag that police troopers under his command are ready to serve as Board Election Inspectors on the day of the election aside from their mission and duties to secure the precincts and the voters in exercising their right of suffrage.

The Comelec en banc had passed a resolution allowing the police to become part of BEI during the special election.

Gonzalodo disclosed that many teachers in the province do not want to serve as members of BEI due to pressure from some candidates who are their relatives. Others fear for their lives.

Gonzalodo called on the people in Basilan to help the government attain peace and progress.

He also called on  lawless groups to stop making troubles in the province because "it is a waste of time."

"People should work... Basilan has very fertile land and the sea has full of  marine resources. The climate is very good because the island is outside the typhoon belt. The rain is enough to shower agriculture products to grow and ready for  production," Gonzalodo said.

By  Allen Abastillas