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More cops are being deployed to secure the polls in Samar.

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office will dispatch another 100 cops to Samar on Wednesday to help maintain peace and order. This will be the fourth batch of cops deployed in the province for election duty.

Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP Eastern Visayas Regional Director, said the deployment is critical as they ramp up their efforts to secure vote-counting equipment, precincts, and election-related activities.

“We want to make sure that there are no untoward incidents or election-related incidents in Eastern Visayas, especially in Samar.” We have a mission ahead of us to keep the peace before, during, and after the elections, and our performance will be judged on how well we maintain and sustain the peace,” Banac said in a statement to the media.

The first batch of 235 police officers was dispatched to Samar on March 1, followed by the second batch of 244 cops on March 10 and the third batch of 408 cops on March 30.

They’ll be part of Samar’s Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG), which has been dispatched on a peacekeeping assignment.

Due to a history of violence and the presence of private armed groups, Samar province has been selected for deployment.

A bystander was fatally shot by 15 armed men in Burabod Uno hamlet in Gandara, Samar, on May 1.

The event occurred barely six days after 13 gunmen killed three people in Calbayog City, Samar, including a village secretary.

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