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JTFC, PRO-ARMM sign MOA on election security plan

The Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Police Regional Office of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM) have signed a memorandum of agreement for a joint security plan in connection with the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, JTFC commander, and PRO-ARMM Regional Director PCSupt Graciano Mijares signed the MOA on May 10, 2018, at the Kampilan Officer’s Clubhouse.

The Joint Security Plan provides for guidelines and procedures to be undertaken by the AFP and PNP as the deputized agencies by the Commission on Elections to ensure honest, orderly, peaceful, and credible election.

The security plan includes activation of Joint Security Control Centers throughout the region; conduct of internal security operation; counter-terrorism operation and community support operation; implementation of the campaign against loose firearms and COMELEC’s ban on bearing, carrying, and transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons and use of security personnel;

Establishment of joint COMELEC-AFP-PNP checkpoints; organization of Joint Task Group to dismantle identified partisan and private armed groups; implementation of the provisions for Protective Security Detail as directed by the COMELEC; proper conduct and decorum of AFP and PNP personnel during the election period and guidelines on the deployment of AFP-PNP personnel for election duties; and sustain the gains of Martial Law in Mindanao.

“Under the guidance on the security plan, the military will ensure utmost support and assistance to the COMELEC from the regional down to the municipal level with regards to the security of the election officials are concerned including the transport and delivery and election paraphernalia,” Lt. Gen. Dela Vega said.

“I encourage everyone to be vigilant to ensure that every vote of our electorate will be heard,” he added.

Rey Sumalipao, ARMM-COMELEC regional director, said the signing of a joint security plan proved that everybody is prepared for the honest, orderly and peaceful election and as transparent as possible with the common denominator of being a credible election.

The signing of the MOA was witnessed by the Department of Interior and Local Government- ARMM, Department of Education-ARMM, National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections or NAMFREL, Masjid Affair, and Archdiocese of Cotabato. #


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