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‘Everything is set for the May 9 polls, according to a Comelec-Capiz executive.

CITY OF ILOILO – On Monday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Capiz held a last coordinating meeting at the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC), with the ceremonial sendoff of its security troops among the highlights.

“It’s just a ceremonial or symbolic event, primarily intended to demonstrate not only the assets of our security forces or the people who will be securing our elections but also the readiness of all stakeholders in holding the May 9 elections,” she said, “Capiz Provincial Election Supervisor Salud Milagros Villanueva said.

Close to 2,000 security forces from the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) will secure the province’s 464 voting centers, 18 canvassing areas, and provincial and municipal monitoring action centers during the May 9 elections, with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also deploying its water assets.

Personnel from the Philippine National Police’s national operational support units will be deployed, while the Bureau of Fire Protection will be on standby “Not to mention our rapid-response forces, which are ready to respond in the event of an unforeseen incident,” Villanueva added.

They also addressed the ultimate deployment of forces, particularly to those areas of concern, during the meeting, she added.

Maayon, Tapaz, and Dumalag, which fall under the “orange” category, and Pilar, which falls within the “yellow” group, have been identified as such in Capiz.

Those classified as orange have armed groups, particularly the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front. Pilar has a history of intense political rivalry, whereas those classified as red have armed groups, particularly the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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