Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Army assessment says
Polls generally peaceful

EXCEPT for some incidents of fire-arm confiscation and recovery efforts, the past barangay and Sangguninag Kabataan election was generally peaceful, according to top military official here.

Lt. Colonel Romeo Brawner, then Philippine Army spokesperson and now 2nd Special Forces Batallion Commander said during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting held at the Governor’s and now the People’s Mansion November 9, 2010. 

Brawner, who detailed the establishment of the Bohol Joint Security Council comprised of the local Commission on Elections, the police and the military hinted that the joint efforts may have been effective in curbing criminality and election related offenses.

On the meatime, Bohol PSSUpt. Constantino Barot said that from the period of September 25 until October 23, the joint council and their teams came up with 173 checkpoints and even went on to field female mobile teams in malls and big city shopping establishments to make police presence felt.

On his part, Lt. Col Brawner, who spoke for Col. Alan Luga said 669 Philippine Army officers and Men, including paramilitary groups and their encamped men were called to duty during the period.

He added that the army was in at least 136 polling places that have been pre-identified as critical areas, secured vital installations in Bohol and organized four quick response teams against any eventuality.

The whole period also, the army has organized at least 18 patrol operations, Brawner said.

Tpolice special forces team also did the same thing and one of their teams chanced upon a gun-carrying man in Sitio Talisay, barangay Cagauitan, Dagohoy town on the even of elections.

Police accosted a certain Gerry Oripaypay for possession of a magnum .357 caliber pistol, which he allegedly tossed when he realized the police elements were on him.

The handgun had 8 live ammunition, police sources said. (PIABohol)

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Police notes decreased
crime incidence in Oct.

Bohol Police SSupt. Constantino Barot said crime incidence in the month of October in Bohol has gone down considerably.

Saying this as a victory, Bohol local enforcement authorities would like to credit the intensified anti-crime campaigns and operations of law enforcement authorities.

Another military source said the intensified checkpoint operations conducted by police and military or joint tem in the enforcement of election related peace keeping efforts worked for Bohol this time.

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting today November 9, 2010 at the People's Mansion, PSSUpt Barot cited an 11.8% decrease in index crimes at 210 cases for the period.

The figures are compared to the crime volume reported on the earlier month.
A slight increase however is noted on non-index crimes at 11.6% with 67 recorded cases for the month province wide.

On the fear of possible threat groups including terrorists, Barot told the council there are none operating in Bohol, based on their intelligence networks.

Police intelligence agents however are now verifying unconfirmed reports of sparrow units hiding in Bohol, he said.

He also confirmed the presence and establishment of Bohol White Area Committee (BWAC) 1 and 2 as signs of early recovery efforts of the communist insurgents who have been driven off Bohol by its combined government and civil society anti-insurgency efforts.

Another BWAC is on the onset of establishment, military intelligence reports said. (PIABohol)

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