THE Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay election period officially ended on Monday midnight but Philippine National Police headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde assured the public that all measures remain in place to keep peace and order nationwide.
From May 14 to last Sunday, police have recorded 23 suspected Election-Related Incidents and one validated ERI resulting in the death of one civilian and the wounding of 17 others. A total of 29 others were unharmed in those incidents which include six shooting cases, one case each of arson, threat and explosion; three harassment cases; 10 cases of mauling/physical injury and another involving a case of unlawful electioneering which is punishable under the Omnibus Election Code.
From April 14 to last Sunday, police recorded seven shooting incidents; one case each of grenade-throwing, mauling, threat and harassment.
PNP records showed that during the period, police arrested 1,437 persons for violation of the gun ban and confiscated over 9,200 firearms and other deadly weapons.
In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan vowed to continue the intensified anti-criminality campaign with the end of the election period.
Cascolan said they remain on full alert and directed all five NCRPO district directors, chiefs of police, station commanders and other field commanders to strengthen their implementation of the PNP’s Enhanced Management Police Operations, the war against illegal drugs and other crime interventions and solutions
“We have so much to look into with our security measures as we commit to maintain peace order in our region. As we conclude the Election Period, we are also welcoming different challenges and commitments in policing.
“We will continue to strengthen the implementation of internal cleansing, security measures including target hardening, border control, social investigation, community partnership and deployment of resources, information operations, Red Teaming operations, contingency planning, simulation exercise, offensive stance and feedback mechanism,” Cascolan said.
The NCRPO chief also reiterated his appeal to the public to support the undertakings of the NCRPO even as he credited their success to the help they are getting from the public and local government units.
Cascolan likewise encouraged the public to immediately report any relevant information related to security issues and concern to the nearest police station or on the NCRPO hotline 838-3203 or Isumbong mo kay PICOY Text Hotline 0995-0018-886.
Currently, he said that Team NCRPO is getting ready for “Balik-Eskwela”. The NCRPO through its Regional Police Community Relations Division is coordinating with different school officials to ensure the safety of the students and school premises during the opening of classes, he said.
Cascolan said he is also set to meet the newly elected barangay officials to renew the shared commitment between the NCRPO and the barangay leaders in making every barangay in the metropolis much safer and, most importantly, drug-free.