By Dhel Nazario
Despite the incidents of mauling and vote buying in Marhalika Village in Taguig City, the top official of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) today said the recently held Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election 2018 has been generally peaceful.
NCRPO chief Regional Director Camilo Cascolan attributed the peace of the recently held elections to the police who maintained order and showed maximum tolerance.
Cascolan also greeted the district directors for a job well done and commended the policemen deployed for election duties.
“Despite the scourging heat and congested polling places, still they were able to perform their duties, secure the place and the people against would-be criminals and provide security assistance.” He said in a statement.
Cascolan said this was one of the most peaceful out of the eight elections that he encountered, with police gaining trust and confidence from the community.
He mentioned that supporters of the various candidates “should be educated when it comes to elections” and that he reiterated the need for them to be “mature.”
“Dapat malaman nila kung ano yung essence ng elections, na hindi siya labanan. Kung labanan lang pala eh di dapat nagboxing nalang kayo (They [supporters] should know the true essence of election that it’s not about fighting. If it were just merely about fighting they should have just engaged in boxing instead),” he said.
On the other hand, Manila Police District Director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel said the Commission on Elections should come up with an ID system that would avoid the presence of flying voters.
A flying voter was nabbed in Manila on the day of the elections after he presented himself as a voter from Barangay 449, Zone 44 under the name Fernando Tuazon.
Fortunately, a Board of Election Inspector (BEI) noticed that a certain Fernando Tuazon from the said barangay had already cast his vote earlier that day which led to the arrest of the suspect.
Six alleged flying voters were also questioned by the Comelec but were later dismissed and allowed to vote. According to the Pasay City Chief of Police, they were legitimate voters since they were on the master list.
They showed identification cards of Manila International Airport and Pasay City East High School but said that they were from Pacita Complex, Laguna.
Cascolan emphasized the significance of teamwork and preparation that the NCRPO has done.
According to him, from April 14 to May 14, 357 offenders of Omnibus Election Code and 30 violators of the liquor ban were arrested and 126 assorted firearms and 650 deadly weapons were confiscated.
“The success of the BSKE is attributed to the shared efforts of everyone,” Cascolan said acknowledging the collective efforts made by the Comelec, Joint Task Force-NCR, other partner government agencies and the public.