By Martin Sadongdong
A day after the first Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Tuesday it is now looking forward to securing the second scheduled referendum on February 6.
After the generally peaceful plebiscite Monday, Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, newly installed PNP spokesman, said similar security operations will be implemented during the second referendum where 3,209 police personnel will be deployed in the six municipalities of Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays of North Cotabato to secure the event.
The 6,698-strong PNP forces remained on heightened alert status in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi; and Cotabato City and Isabela City in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the accounting of the election returns after the first plebiscite.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Banac said election returns from 8,846 polling precincts – or 66.44 percent of the total 13,315 precincts – have been accounted for by election officials.