By Calvin D. Cordova
Cebu City—As the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections near, authorities have started mapping out security plans to ensure the simultaneous polls are peaceful.
Col. Noel Baluyan, commander of Task Force Cebu, composed of units from the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the focus will be to prevent communist rebels from interfering with the elections in mountain barangays.
“So far, based on our monitoring, there are no movements or recruitment going on in the mountain barangays,” said Baluyan.
Senior Supt. Joel Doria, chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said that leading to the May elections, the task force will be holding monthly meetings on internal security operations and terrorism threats in Cebu province.
“We will be conducting police community relations activities, we will conduct information drives and visibility of uniformed personnel in mountain barangays will be increased,” Doria said.
He said the community has been very appreciative that the police is maintaining a presence in their communities.
The task force will also be on the lookout for armed groups that may be used by some politicians in the elections.