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PJSCC assures public of peaceful, credible elections

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) in this province has assured the public of peaceful and credible Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) Elections on October 30.

PJSCC Chair and Antique Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) lawyer Salud Milagros Villanueva said that all member agencies of the PJSCC have expressed commitment to securing the success of the BSKE 2023 during their coordination conference, August 24.

Villanueva stressed her confidence in the PJSCC to uphold the integrity of the elections through the relentless efforts of its member agencies including the Antique Police Provincial Office (AnPPO), the Philippine Army (PA) 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), and the Coast Guard Station Antique (CGSA).

Antiqueños can expect enhanced police visibility since the entire force of the AnPPO will be on active duty during the election period, according to Deputy 

Provincial Director for Administration (DPDA) Police Lieutenant Colonel (PLTCOL) Willy Diel on behalf of Provincial Director (PD) Police Colonel (PCOL) Rogelio Abran, Jr.

PLTCOL Diel noted that the municipal chiefs of police throughout the province also attended the PJSCC coordination conference and were directed to strictly enforce the guidelines, and rules and regulations set forth by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

For his part, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Arturo Balgos, Jr. likewise guaranteed the public the full support and cooperation of the Philippine Army (PA) in safeguarding the community during the election period, especially against Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

He said that the PA is ready to prevent and stop at all costs any form of election intervention from the CTGs, noting that government forces are persistent in pursuing those who pose a risk and threaten the peace and order of the country.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard Station Antique (CGSA) continuously holds maritime security patrols to deter election-related illegalities in the coastal waters of the province and ensure maritime security.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Sergeant (LTSG) Rey Anacita said that CGSA also stands prepared to protect and aid the transport of election materials to the island communities of the province.

As the election period and gun ban begins from August 28 to November 29, Comelec Antique believes in community effort and collective participation as drivers of clean, honest, and violence-free elections.

In Antique, over 500,000 are registered voters and Comelec Antique expects a high voter turn-out in this year’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections having observed intense excitement among Antiqueños to elect the next leaders of their respective communities. (AGP/BPS/PIA Antique)

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