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On election day, around 10,000 cops and soldiers would be deployed to Central Luzon.

PAMPANGA’S CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – More than 10,000 police and military personnel were deployed across Central Luzon on Wednesday to ensure that the national and municipal elections on May 9 are peaceful and orderly.

The Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Commission on Elections (Comelec), and force multipliers took part in a send-off ceremony and a handover of forces and resources at the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3) Parade Ground at Camp Olivas.

A total of 9,572 police officers and 1,106 troops have been dispatched to assist with any election-related events or security issues that may arise during the election process.

PRO-3 deputy director for administration Brig. Gen. Narciso Domingo instructed them to work together to ensure that the region’s elections are orderly and peaceful.

“Patuloy tayong magtulungan at panatilihin nating laging bukas ang ating komunikasyon upang mapagtagumpayan natin ang isang malaking responsibilidad na nakaatang sa ating lahat,” Domingo remarked during the livestreamed event.

The 703rd Infantry Brigade’s deputy commander, Col. Allan Jose Taguba, reminded the troops to stay focused on their mission of protecting the election’s integrity.

“It’s a big responsibility, and the leadership wants us to handle it effectively,” Taguba added.

Authorities also requested the public to provide police with appropriate and timely information about any illegal actions.

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