Bohol Election Placed Hot Spot by Comelec

Police have placed the entire Bohol province under strict watch to check for the presence of armed groups in line with the coming May 13 elections.

Police Provincial Director Constantino Barot Jr. gave the order to all the units under his command. All areas in the province are placed under reassessment by the police units to validate the poll watchlist that covers the entire Bohol.

Police Supt. Nicomedes Olaivar Jr., PPSC chief, leads the teams that check all the towns in the province, and so far, no armed group has been spotted yet.

Barot also instructed to intensify the monitoring of loose firearms including those that are licensed but were not renewed.

The Philippine National Police (PNP)
AND THE 2ND SPECIAL FORCES BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY CONTINUE TO CONDUCT JOINT CHECKPOINT IN THE DIFFERENT MUNICIPALITIES OF BOHOL.

TASK GROUP SUGBOHOL COMMANDER, COL. DINOH DOLINA, IS ALSO VERIFYING THE REPORT THAT FIVE HEAVILY ARMED MEN WERE SEEN IN SITIO AGUTAYAN, BARANGAY ABACA IN MABINI IN THE LAST FEBRUARY 5.

THE MILITARY PERSONNEL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT SECURITY JOINT OPERATIONS WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO PREVENT THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF CRIMINALS THAT MIGHT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ELECTION SEASON.

THEY ALSO INTENSIFY PEACE AND SECURITY OPERATIONS TO PREVENT THE RE-ENTRY OF COMMUNIST ARMED GROUPS IN THE PROVINCE WHICH MIGHT CREATE A SCENARIO TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT FEES FOR PERMITS TO CAMPAIGN FROM CANDIDATES.

DOLINA ALSO SAID THE TASK GROUP IS ALSO ASSISTING IN THE "RECRUITMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF ARMY RESERVISTS TO COMPLEMENT AND SUPPORT THE REGULAR AFP UNITS DEPLOYED IN THE PROVINCE."