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Monday, January 25, 2016

COMELEC, PNP and CSC address election issues during Forum@PIA

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Jan.23 (PIA) --- Electioneering, on-going checkpoints, gun ban, conduct of government workers during elections and other most-frequently asked election-related concerns were discussed during the conduct of Forum@PIA held Friday, January 22 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office Multi Purpose Building here.

Invited guests were Police SSupt. Walfredo G. Pornillos, officer in charge of PNP Camarines Sur , Commission on Elections (Comelec) Camarines Sur spokesperson Alexander Marpuri and Marife Luzurriaga of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) regional office.

Pornillos stated that as mandated, they are closely coordinating with the Comelec, in the conduct of checkpoints in various areas in the province. From January 10 to 20, a total of 715 checkpoints have been conducted with 4,660 personnel deployed to ensure that all areas are properly covered.

Three cases had been filed in court, including the apprehension of three suspects from Barangay San Roque in Iriga City on January 17, Ridgeway Subdivision at Barangay Pamukid in San Fernando and one from Barangay San Vicente, town of Bato, all in the province of Camarines Sur.

Caliber .45 pistol with 5 ammunitions were recovered from Joseph Renor Cuatrona of Iriga, while one (1) cal .38 revolver and one caliber .45 pistol with three magazines were recovered from  John Kenneth Medina Y Buenaflor of San Fernando and Francis Baldoza y Gamayan respectively.

“We have a minimum of at least 8 personnel per checkpoint and we see to it that an officer with a rank of an Inspector or the most senior police officer should be there. We also see to it that all these things are being coordinated with the COMELEC municipal officer,” Pornillos added.

Marpuri corroborated the Chief PNP’s statement regarding the conduct of checkpoint citing that every election officer has a logbook of its schedules. Two of the three (3) apprehensions are regarding the violation of COMELEC Resolution No.10015 or the ban on the bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons while the other one was the violation of RA 10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.

Luzurriaga on the other hand, spoke of the proper conduct of a government employee in his or her usage of the social media, particularly in hitting the “like” and “share” button in their Facebook page in favor of a particular candidate.

“Liking per se is not absolutely wrong, what is wrong is that when you start to share that particular page, when you try to distribute that particular page that will influence the view of your friends that’s the time that it becomes illegal. If you think it is not necessary to like a page you better not. You should be appropriate with your actions, be mindful of your actions.”

Members of the tri-media were also given a chance to raise their concerns during the said activity.

FORUM@PIA is a program of PIA-Camarines Sur Provincial office to inform and disseminate to the public, timely and relevant information through invited resource persons from various government and private entities and members of the tri media and other stakeholders. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861453532591/comelec-pnp-and-csc-address-election-issues-during-forum-pia#sthash.ZhKA40Vs.dpuf

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