The Joint Task Force Central, PNP-Maguindanao and Commission on Elections representatives convened yesterday morning, May 9, 2019, to check the final preparations for the National and Local Elections 2019 on Monday (May 13, 2019).
In the said meeting, the police and the military presented the latest deployment plan of the government troops and the security landscape to address possible threats in Maguindanao before, during and after the election period.
Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of Joint Task Force Central, said that the security forces came up with a comprehensive security plan in collaboration with the COMELEC with regard to the current political and threat situation in the area of responsibility. This is to ensure a free, honest, peaceful, secure, orderly and credible conduct of National and Local Elections 2019.
“We should anticipate any challenge that we may encounter and we should be resilient to any change that might occur during the exercise of electoral process,” MGen Sobejana said.
“I also urge the troops to be constantly committed and to keep the focus on what we are doing. We need the cooperation and support of everyone and closely work with our partners in this coming election especially the election supervisors of the different municipalities,” the Commander added.
As the Commander of Joint Task Force Central, MGen Sobejana reiterated his general guidance and motherhood statement that is to provide a democratic space and let democracy work. He added that the full cooperation of everybody is the gateway for a successful election.