Mid-term polls in Quezon City peaceful -- Esquivel

QUEZON City Police District Director Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said the 2019 mid-term election was generally peaceful in the city with no major untoward incident reported.

The QCPD chief said that no election-related incidents were  recorded except the confiscation of 945,254 campaign materials from some political supporters who insisted to distribute sample ballots and “polyetos” bearing names of candidates they are supporting.

“Ito po ay ipinagbabawal ng batas sapagkat malinaw na isinasaad dito na bawal nang mangampanya isang araw bago ang eleksyon at lalo na sa araw ng eleksyon mismo. Kaya po natin iniutos sa ating mga tauhan na kumpiskahin ang mga sample ballots o polyetos na ipinamimigay sa mga pumupunta sa ibat-ibang polling centers para bumoto,” Gen. Esquivel said.

Meanwhile, 222 individuals were arrested by the QCPD for violating the election liquor ban imposed since May 12.

One hundred ninety-six suspects were arrested in 7,194 checkpoints conducted from April 30 to May 13. The QCPD also confiscated 136 long and short firearms while 108 bladed weapons were confiscated during the gun ban and campaign period. They also tore down 448,837 campaign materials illegally tacked on trees and plastered on electric posts and other prohibited places during their “Operation Baklasan”.

Gen. Esquivel commended his officers and men along with the augmentation forces for their vigilance to ensure fair, peaceful, orderly and successful elections.

“I am satisfied with the performance of our personnel and proud of their sacrifices for the election period. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga mamamayan ng Lungsod Quezon na naging malaking bahagi sila sa mapayapang eleksyon,” he said.