By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
At least 2,912 police officers will be deployed in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela (Camanava) cities to ensure peace and safety in the cities located in the northern part of Metro Manila this coming May 13 mid-term elections.
During a command control conference held Thursday morning, the chiefs of police of the four cities bared that 1,111 personnel will be deployed in Caloocan, 599 in Malabon, 529 in Navotas and 673 in Valenzuela.
Since the Northern Police District (NPD) started today, May 9, the full implementation of the security employment in the cities, several police officers are already deployed in different areas, including schools and polling centers.
They have also been conducting checkpoints in public places and have also launched anti-violence and anti-bribery campaigns through posters and motorcades, P/Col. Ronnie Montejo, District Deputy for Administration, added.
Officials from the northern police also boasted of their preparedness should there be cases of fire, earthquake, power failures, mass protest, and presence of armed groups within immediate vicinities.
“We are ready for the upcoming election,” Montejo said. “We will also be having health assistance desks which can accommodate everyone.”
As of this time, the NPD added that, “there are still no cases of reported political rivalries, private armed groups, and criminal gangs,” and that there are no more election hotspots in Camanava areas after the cities of Caloocan and Malabon were just recently declared “areas of no security concern.”
The killing of a councilor in Malabon in April was ruled as not election-related because its motive was a personal one, Atty. Winston Gaffud, Malabon Comelec election officer, said.