PRO-9 readies security plan for 2013 elections PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 November 2012 14:16

The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) is preparing this early a comprehensive security plan to ensure a peaceful and orderly election in Zamboanga Peninsula in  May next year.

Embedded in the program “Secure and Fair Elections or (SAFE 2013)”, PRO-9 has started reviewing the existing policies with regards to security procedures during elections in the country, as well as focus on aspects where the police need ample attention to ensure success.

PRO-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles had earlier convened his top commanders in the Zamboanga Peninsula to organize their respective “oplans” for the mid-term elections in 2013. One of this is the intensification of the campaign against loose firearms and the more extensive implementation of the total gun ban which is in line with PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome’s “Pulis Nyo Po” priorities.

Bartolome has ordered all police units to step-up operations to account for more loose firearms proliferating in the country. PRO-9 has already initiated one step ahead the campaign considering the multiple number of loose firearms confiscations in various checkpoints and police operations in the region.

“Our prime objective in this campaign is to take away one of the source of violence — firearms.We are immobilizing the criminal elements and partisan armed groups that may affect the peace and order initiatives of local authorities,” Estilles said.

Estilles believes that by taking away these instruments of violence, “we are contributing much to the goal of obtaining a more peaceful environment here in the peninsula.

Oplan “Bakal” and Oplan “Sita” operations are also being intensified in the entire region with some internal security operations, search warrant operations, and checkpoint operations.

Other than that, the PNP is also occupied in the neutralization of organized crime groups, threat groups,and individual criminals who have standing warrants or arrest. — Bhong Simbajon