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Due to the collaboration of security authorities, peaceful elections were held.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) thinks that the strong and good coordination between the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) were the reasons for Monday’s polls being generally peaceful and safe.

“I believe it’s the solid coordination between the AFP, PNP, PCG, and Comelec, (and) the rapid response to any occurrences, even violent ones, which we owe to our joint efforts,” AFP spokesperson Army Col. Ramon Zagala said during a press conference on Tuesday.

He also praised the voting precinct instructors, who instantly alert security forces to any potential security threats in their localities.

“And the teachers who were there to inform us, as you know, we are outside the election precincts, so we have to give that to the collaboration of everyone,” Zagala remarked.

Despite the relatively quiet May 9 elections, an AFP spokesperson stated the situation on the ground is still being monitored by AFP commanders in the field.

The military deployed an estimated 70,000 AFP members as well as air, sea, and ground assets to help protect the polls.

Meanwhile, PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao urged for sobriety ahead of planned protests against the election results on May 9.

“Many reports of rallies have been received, but we are unable to estimate the situation. We all have the right to air our frustrations, particularly about the recently finished political process “he stated

As of this publishing, a rally is taking place in front of the Comelec main headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, where demonstrators are seeking an explanation for election day difficulties.

Some netizens have claimed electoral fraud, prompting calls for protest actions on social media.

Danao stated that the PNP will maintain its maximum tolerance policy.

He stated that the PNP will respect people’s right to vent their grievances as long as they do not resort to violence or property destruction.

During the May 9 elections, the PNP recorded 21 significant violent occurrences as a result of this. From 12:01 a.m. on May 9 to 11:59 p.m. on May 9, 52 crime events were documented, according to Danao.

Maj. Gen. Jireh Fidel, director of the Philippine National Police’s Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), said that out of the 52 occurrences, 21 were significant, such as strafing, gunfire, and explosions.

He claimed that the majority of these occurrences, which occurred in the Bangsamoro region, resulted in the deaths of six people and the injuries of 32 others.

One of the fatalities occurred in Malabang, Lanao del Sur, two in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur, and three in Maguindanao, according to PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo.

Danao, on the other hand, stated that they are still determining if these instances are related to the elections.

Danao also praised Comelec’s 214,485 law enforcement personnel, particularly the PNP members, for a job well done.

“The PNP’s mission, however, does not end there. The PNP will now turn its attention to the unfinished business of implementing the criminal justice system’s needs, notably in relation to law infractions committed during the election period “he stated

“Let me emphasize that throughout the election season, the most vital areas of law enforcement and public safety have been given top priority,” he continued.

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