As the 2019 midterm election is fast approaching, the Joint Task Force Central, PNP Maguindanao and Commission on Elections met at the Kampilan Club House, 6th Infantry Division in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on May 3, 2019 to iron-out possible glitches in the preparations.
Discussed in the meeting was the security deployment of the AFP, PNP and other deputized agencies in the implementation of election laws, rules and regulations in order to ensure a free, honest, peaceful and credible conduct of the National and Local Elections 2019.
Likewise, the election officers of each municipality of Maguindanao were given the opportunity to express their issues and concerns related to the upcoming election that need to be addressed.
Police Coronel Ronald Briones, Provincial Director of Maguindanao, said that guided by the provision on the omnibus election code, the PNP will deploy enough PNP personnel to priority areas of concern.
In his message Attorney Ernie Palanan, Provincial Election Supervisor of Maguindanao said, “I challenge all the election officers of Maguindanao to perform their mandated tasks and maintain the dignity of a public servant.”
“’MALAYANG HALALAN’, the official theme of the infomercial for this 2019 midterm National and Local elections, clearly advocates that the right to suffrage should be free from intimidation, threats and coercion,” Atty Palanan added.
Meanwhile, Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central lauded the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders for the attainment of a peaceful and honest midterm election.
“It is our constitutional rights to cast our votes. Free, Honest, Peaceful and Credible election can be achieved through coordination and collaboration, and by doing our respective duties and responsibilities,” Major General Sobejana said.
“Rest assured that your AFP remains committed and apolitical. We will provide a democratic space and let democracy work,” the MGen Sobejana added.