By Freddie Lazaro
BANGUED, Abra — The 12-hour vote casting in Abra Monday left no casualty, according to Captain Catherine E. Hapin, the spokesperson of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division.
She said the people of Abra successfully participated in the May 13, 2019 Midterm National and Local Election (MNLE) in a peaceful and orderly manner.
It can be recalled that the Province of Abra was included in the list of election hotspots by the Philippine National Police. Even the Army’s 7th Infantry Division deployed an additional 500 troops to reinforce the election security forces for the said province last week.
With the collective effort of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), PNP and Philippine Army, the Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC) recorded no casualty in terms of election-related violent incidents during the entire period of vote casting in 261 polling centers.
Although several Vote Counting Machines malfunctioned these were immediately resolved by the COMELEC..
Major General Lenard T Agustin, 7ID commander, commended the efforts of the 24th Infantry Battalion and 45th Infantry Battalion of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) in securing the province and protecting the people as they exercise their right of suffrage.
“It is very liberating that our endeavors in keeping the election safe in Abra paid off. All of our soldiers’ sacrifices resulted in the successful conduct of election not only in Abra but to the whole 7ID area of responsibility as well”, said Agustin.
“Our duty is not yet over, we are still on red alert until the election period is done and the [winning] candidates are proclaimed”, he added.
“Your Army is thankful for the cooperation of all Abreños in making the election day peaceful and orderly. Though there may be some commotions generally, the election in Abra is successful and orderly”, said Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy P Faminial, the commander of the Army’s 24th IB.