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All systems go for May 9 -- Marquez

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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THE Philippine National Police yesterday said all security measures are in place for the national and local elections on May 9.

“It’s all systems go and the PNP has placed all police stations nationwide on full alert status,” said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor.

According to Mayor, PNP chief Director General Ricardo C. Marquez has ordered intensified security preparations in the final week leading to next Monday’s polls.
He said as part of the preparations, the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management headed by Director Benjamin B. Magalong and the National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC) under the PNP Directorate for Operations headed by Director Jonathan Ferdinand G. Miano has crafted a web-based digital mapping and monitoring network of all poll precincts.
On Tuesday, a crash training on the web-based digital mapping and monitoring network was held in Camp Crame participated in by police officers and non-uniformed personnel from different Police Regional Offices as part of the PNP’s effort to make the elections secure and fair.
Mayor said all Election Monitoring and Action Center of every police offices in the country will serve as the “eyes and ears” of the PNP National Task Force SAFE (Secure And Fair Elections) 2016.
The centers will provide updated report on all election-related incidents as well as security activities being undertaken by the PNP.
The PNP has also deployed standby forces and quick reaction teams stationed in a 24-hour basis at the command posts in their respective headquarters.
The PNP also activated the Synchronized Communication Fusion Center and 24/7 Media Center in Camp Crame which will feature live updates of situations in the Police Regional and Provincial Offices.
The NTF SAFE SyncCom Fusion and Media Center will hold regular press conference and briefing for significant live updates from the field on the day of election and the counting of votes, Mayor said.