Sulu PNP lauded for peaceful balloting PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 May 2013 11:35

Police authorities in Sulu have received recognition for a job well done during the recently concluded national and local elections in the island province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Chief Supt. Noel delos Reyes, ARMM police regional director and is based in Camp SK Pendatun, Parang, Maguindanao, lauded the Sulu PNP provincial office for maintaining law and order before, during and after the elections which resulted in a generally peaceful balloting.

Reyes admitted there were minor violent incidents that did not affect the totality of midterm elections in the war-torn province.

The ARMM police chief said the covenant signing led to the peaceful conduct of elections and the minor glitches in peace and order were done by supporters of candidates.

The province of Sulu ,with 718,290 population based on the 2010 census and 249-389 registered voters ,was one of the 16 provinces identified by the military and the police as areas of immediate concern where violence are likely to erupt based on peace and order situation in previous balloting.

”But because of PNP proactive stance in the island province, the election was peaceful,” Delos Reyes said in a post election statement.

Aside from Sulu, ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.

The peaceful election also led to the proclamation of a father and son tandem in the gubernatorial race and about 90 percent of the town mayors belonging to the administration Liberal Party (LP).

Ending his term by June 30, incumbent Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan opted to seek the vice gubernatorial seat and let his son and namesake to ran for governor. Both easily won.

The son, Abdusakur Tan II, became the youngest governor of Sulu.

After he was proclaimed by the provincial board of canvassers, Tan vowed to push more reforms in governance with his father’s guidance.

The elder Tan, on the other hand, vowed to push for more legislations that would benefit the Tausugs, people of Sulu, especially on anti-poverty programs that had been sidelined due to armed conflict brought about by the presence of extremist Abu Sayyaf Group.