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500 cops act as poll execs in Cotabato City
COTABATO CITY – More than 500 police personnel are serving as Electoral Board (EB) members here to diffuse intense political rivalry, a police official said Monday.
Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II, deputy director for administration of the Police Regional Office–Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM), assured the police officers have been trained to administer the elections.
“These police officers were trained to operate vote-counting machines (VCMS) in the city’s more than 100 clustered precincts,” Labra, who is also head of the Regional Special Operation Task Group Cotabato City and Maguindanao (RSTOG CoMag), said.
Cotabato City has 120,221 registered voters.
Brig. Gen Arthur R Cabalona, PRO-BARMM director, has appealed to the candidates’ supporters to conduct their activities peacefully, in line with the Comelec’s rules and policies. Philippine News Agency