5K cops to join local absentee voting

Oscar D. Albayalde

A TOTAL of 4,981 Philippine National Police personnel have signified their intention to avail of the Local Absentee Voting and PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde called on them to vote for the right candidates.

Comelec Resolution 10443 allows Local Absentee Voting to certain voters for the May 13 midterm elections starting yesterday until Wednesday.

However, local absentee voters can only vote for senators and party-list representatives.

Gen. Albayalde said 4,981policemen stationed in different regions nationwide will avail of the absentee voting including 163 Camp Crame-based personnel who will cast their absentee votes at the PNP national headquarters today.

“We encourage all 190,000 PNP personnel to exercise their right and perform their duty to elect our country’s leaders,” the PNP chief said even as he maintained that police are prohibited from engaging in any form of partisan political activity.

“The only political exercise that we are allowed to perform is to cast our votes,” he said.

According to National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, members of the NCRPO will participate in the sbsentee voting to maximize the deployment of police force and utilize all its resources in securing peace and order during the actual date of elections. 

“Again, I exhort all policemen to vote and vote wisely. Our country deserves good leaders and we will be able to attain this by exercising our right to suffrage wisely,” Eleazar said.

The Commission on Elections has allowed all police personnel assigned in NCRPO and Camp Crame to avail of the absentee voting from Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  this week at the following locations: Camp Crame Multi-Purpose Hall in Quezon City; Malabon City Police Station; Eastern Police District Headquarters along Caruncho Avenue in Pasig City; Pateros Municipal Hall; the Quezon City Police District Headquarters in Camp Karingal, Sikatuna, Q.C.; and the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion Mullti-Purpose Hall in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan,Taguig City.

Gen. Albayalde has assured that all security measures are in place to ensure the holding of a peaceful and orderly May 13 national and local elections.

For his part, Eleazar gave assurance that they will continue to implement all Comelec rules and regulations including the gun ban to help deter criminals while maintaining a non-partisan position in handling political cases.

“While it is true that the PNP serves and protects our countrymen so they may peacefully exercise their right to vote, most of our policemen disregard their own rights to suffrage. It is the very reason that I would like to encourage all policemen, especially those who come from their hometowns in the provinces, that every vote counts and your votes are equally significant,” Eleazar said.

Based on Section 2 of Comelec Resolution No. 10443, members of the PNP are entitled to avail of Absentee Voting, provided, they are duly registered voters and temporarily assigned in places where they are not registered, in the course of undertaking their public functions and duties.