PIA News Service - Sunday, May 12, 2013



Dinagat Islands is generally peaceful as May polls set tomorrow

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) –- The entire province is generally peaceful a day before the midterm elections, an officer of the province of Dinagat Islands
said.

Information Officer Jane Mayola in an interview over 107.8 Power FM said the peace and order situation remains normal as the Dinagatnons prepare for the election.

Mayola said there were no reports of election-related incidents and vote-buying in the province.

She added that since this year’s election in the province is a battle between the Ecleo mother and daughter, the people of Dinagat are optimistic that tomorrow’s election will be peaceful and in order.

With the campaign period over, Mayola said candidates of both political parties have also rested their campaign sorties.

“This shows that all candidates have adhered to the guidelines set by the Commission on Elections,” she said.

When asked on her opinion on the deployment of 84 security forces from the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Mayola said this is normal.

“This is just but normal to all places in the country since our government upholds peace and security at all times, especially during the conduct of election. This is to ensure the sanctity of the votes of the general public,” she said.

Mayola is hopeful that peace and security will remain to be observed in the entire province as they will choose for their new leader tomorrow, May 13. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan Comelec chief says everything set for Monday’s polls

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) - Butuan assured the voting public that everything is set for the conduct of the 2013 midterm elections on Monday, May 13.

During “Comelec Hour” aired over 107.8 Power FM, Comelec-Butuan chief Ernie Palanan said all their personnel and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) from the Department of Education (DepEd) are now ready.

“It pays to have made detailed preparations ahead of time… though we have observed minor glitches in the process but it is still considered manageable,” Palanan said.

He said should it be sunny or rainy tomorrow, they have already installed tents in front of the Comelec Office. BEIs were also asked to put chairs outside the precincts for waiting voters.

Security-wise, the Comelec has already coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, he said.

Aside from these concerns, Palanan also said that countable forms needed have already distributed to the different barangays.

He also commended the City Treasurer’s Office for coming up with a system to retrieve necessary data and information, particularly the election canvass forms. He hopes that same system will be implemented in the different voting precincts on Monday.

According to him, the public is enjoined to contact the Comelec Office should they have any inquiries, complaints, or if they need assistance.

Palanan assured the public that no complaints will be left unattended. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Buenavista PNP confiscates fake bills

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) -- Members of the Municipal Police Office in Buenavista town in Agusan del Norte confiscated fake one thousand bills, a day before the May 13, 2013 midterm elections.

Buenavista Municipal Chief of Police Insp. Jared Charles Joaquin in an interview with 107.8 Power FM today confirmed that they confiscated 15 pcs. of counterfiet one thousand bills.

The PNP municipal director added that one of the suspects was caught in possession of counterfeit bills, amounting to P2,000 on Saturday night.

Joaquin said they received a report that an individual in Barangay 2 has distributed fake cash at around 11:30 p.m.

He added they were able to convince those who have received the money to surrender the bills to their office while police officers immediately conducted an investigation which resulted to the apprehension of the suspect.

“Those who have received were considered witnesses of the crime committed by the suspect,” Joaquin said.

Joaquin said that as of this report, they are still going after other individuals who were reported distributing the same.

He added the witnesses are willing to execute affidavit against the perpetrators.

The apprehended suspect, who is a barangay Kagawad in one of the barangays in Buenavista town, is now in jail for filing of appropriate case. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Norte PNP assures peaceful election

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) – The provincial police office in Agusan del Norte assured the people of a peaceful election on Monday.

In an interview over Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA’s) 107.8 Power FM, today, Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Eugene Paguirigan pointed out that their preparation is now on its final stretch as they have already deployed police force in different areas in the province.

He said they have been conducting field visitations to see to it that everything is put in place. “We have been fielding police officers in all areas in the province and right now, we are visiting them to ensure proper coordination with our end.”

Paguirigan said the Provincial Comelec Office and local government units in all municipalities in the province have been regularly coordinating with them saying that this is a welcome development to ensure peace and order.

“The convergence of government agencies and security forces is a welcome development as we aimed to achieve zero-casualty during the election,” he said.

Paguirigan also admitted that they have been receiving reports that distribution of counterfeit bills intended for political purposes are also happening in the municipality of Nasipit, the neighboring municipality of Buenavista in Agusan del Norte where a Barangay Kagawad was caught in the possession of fake two pieces of one thousand bill at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The official further stressed that the said barangay official, who is presently detained at Buenavista Police Station, will only be freed upon filing of bail bond. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


PNP Surigao del Norte intensifies security measures for tomorrow’s polls

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) – To ensure a peaceful conduct of the midterm elections in Surigao del Norte tomorrow, May 13, the government’s police force is strengthening its security measures.

This was learned from Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Director PSSupt Ruel Obusan during the interview over 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga which is also the official radio station of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)-Butuan City.

According to PSSupt Obusan, to date, they have been conducting regular checkpoints at the entrance and exit points of the province. It was noted that the province is the gateway of the people from the Visayan Region to Mindanao.

Obusan said military personnel have been coordinating with the police force in the conduct of checkpoints together with some COMELEC personnel.

The official revealed that since the arrival of the Precinct Count Optical Scans (PCOS) machines in their area of responsibility, joint forces from the police and military is closely watching and monitoring the machines.

He added the security forces of the government will be escorting the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in transporting the election paraphernalia before and after the election. “This is to ensure the public that their votes are properly taken cared of,” Obusan said.

The PNP official said violation of Comelec gun ban as well as vote-buying are among their main concerns and they are closely-monitoring on it.

Obusan added despite of the gun ban, a suspect was apprehended when he fired his gun on Saturday in Surigao City. It was learned that a case was already filed against the suspect.

On the issue of proliferation of the distribution of counterfeit bills, the official said as of press time, no report of such activity that is going on in the province. “So far, we have not received any complaints regarding this at present,” Obusan said.

The official said with the preparations they have made, he is optimistic that the conduct of an honest orderly and peaceful elections tomorrow will be achieved. (RER/PIA-Caraga)