Zambo peaceful on election day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:54

While the rest of the country was busy with the barangay elections on Monday, Zamboanga City was relatively peaceful as the police and military maintain full alert status to curb any possible threats to the security here after the crisis that nearly paralyzed the city for over a month last September.

Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesperson of Police Regional Office-9, said in a radio interview that they have been on full alert since the end of the Zamboanga conflict early this month.

“Your PNP remains on full alert to pre-empt any possible threats – from the MNLF, Abu Sayyaf, or whoever,” declared Huesca.

He said: PRO-9 director Police Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño has already ordered the security officers of vital installations to increase their level of security and awareness.”

Asked about the text messages being circulated about a “second wave” of attack by armed elements,  which have caused anxiety/panic among residents,  he clarified that the police have constantly been investigating and verifying such reports and rumors.

“We are always verifying these reports, and the same yielded negative results. But nonetheless, your police are always on alert,” he explained.

In addition, more police personnel have been deployed to the vital installations and in the barangays.

Zmboanga City will have its barangay elections on Nov. 25 as approved by the Comelec per request by the city government.