By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) is closely monitoring the situation in 27 barangays in four towns of the province which are under the Election Watchlist Areas (EWAS).
NOPPO officer-in-charge PSSupt. Aleth Virtucio said of the 27 barangays, 17 are in Guihulngan City, six are in Sta. Catalina town, three in Siaton and one in Valencia town.
Virtucio added that these barangays were put under EWAS because of the presence of members of the rebel Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in their vicinity.
These barangays are Dubdob in Valencia, Talalak, Nagbinlod, Nagbalye, Milagrosa, San Pedro and San Francisco in Sta. Catalina town, Bunawon, Apoloy and Mantiquil in Siaton town and barangays Trinidad, Hinakpan, Tacpao, Banwaque, Sandayao, Binobohan, Humayhumay, Imelda, Villegas, Linantuyan, Luz, Planas Magsaysay, Nagsaha and two other barangays in Guihulngan City.
Virtucio added that the Provincial Police will prioritize giving security to these barangays.
He said two police personnel will be deployed in each mentioned barangay to provide security during elections. A group of soldiers from the Philippine Army based in Negros Oriental will also be deployed in these areas to augment the security forces given by the police.
All in all, there will be 1, 270 police personnel ready to be deployed in all barangays in Negros Oriental during the conduct of barangay elections. Part of it is the augment force sent by the Philippine National Police Regional Office 7,
Meanwhile, Virtucio also disclosed that 576 military personnel from the Philippine Army will aid the police in securing peaceful and orderly barangay elections.
“The NOPPO is prepared for the barangay elections. We have finalized our deployment plan,” Virtucio said.
He also added that as early as Sept. 28 they have been strictly implementing gun ban and five persons have been apprehended for violating the said order.
Aside from EWAS and gun ban violations, the NOPPO is also monitoring the intense political rivalry issue on Brgy. Sto. Niño in Tanjay City. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)