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Ilocos Norte police now preparing for BSKE 2023

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte (PIA) – The Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) started conducting peace dialogues, deployment of quick response teams, and other safety protocols to ensure a safe and peaceful Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) this October 30.
According to PCOL Julius Suriben, provincial director of INPPO, their first step was to transfer police officers who have relatives who are election candidates stationed in the same town.
The second step was the deployment of quick reaction teams to augment police stations in the province to enforce the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) gun ban and other prohibitions on the Omnibus Election Code.
Suriben added that the INPPO already collected 125 firearms from candidates and private citizens in compliance with the Comelec gun ban; 106 of which were voluntarily surrendered and 19 were confiscated.
As of posting, the INPPO has also spearheaded 20 Peace Covenants, Unity Walks, and Oath and Signing of Integrity Pledges in some towns in the province.

This program by the INPPO gathers the candidates in the towns, along with security personnel, civil society organizations, religious sectors, and other volunteers to participate in a peace walk, a dialogue, and pledge to follow protocols in the election process and campaigning.

Some barangays in the towns of Pagudpud, Pasuquin, Bacarra, and Pasuquin are under the yellow zone, which means that these areas have a history of election-related incidents in the last elections, possible employment of partisan armed groups, the occurrence of politically motivated election-related incidents and had been previously declared under COMELEC control.
“’Yong mga identified areas na ito, ang gagawin natin we will be meeting the candidates to have a conflict resolution session. With this, kasama natin ang religious sector and other members of the community to try to patch things up and encourage the candidates to not result in violent activities to disrupt the election process,” Suriben said.
The INPPO also has a total of 859 COMELEC checkpoints around the province to ensure safety. (JCR/AMB/EJFG/PIA Ilocos Norte)

PCOL Julius Suriben, provincial director of the INPPO, answers some questions during the open forum of the Joint Security Meeting in preparation for the 2023 BSKE. (EJFG)

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