Bulacan cops cited for peaceful polls

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The success of the 2022 national and local elections in this province may be attributed to the prompt and appropriate security preparations by the police and concerned agencies, a police official said on Wednesday.

Acting Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) Director Col. Charlie A. Cabradilla cited the efforts to ensure the integrity of the polls, successfully preventing any potential electoral interference, and preserving peace and order in the province.

He said a total of 1,468 police officers, together with personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, performed election duties at voting sites and checkpoints across the province.

Cabradilla said since the start of the election period, Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints have been enforced, resulting in the arrest of violators of the gun ban.

Based on the Bulacan Provincial Election Monitoring Center election 2022 data, the cities of Malolos and Meycauayan, the towns of Angat, Balagtas, Bocaue, Bulacan, Bustos, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Norzagaray, Obando, Pandi, Paombong, Plaridel, Pulilan, San Miguel, San Rafael, and Santa Maria were listed as election areas of concern, while the towns of Baliuag, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Guiguinto, Marilao, and San Ildefonso were listed as of immediate concern; and the City of San Jose del Monte as of grave concern.

However, Cabradilla said the BPPO registered zero election-related atrocities before, during, or after the election.

“Again, I commend the gallant men and women of Bulacan Police Provincial Office for a job well done. Your selfless commitment to duty is indeed remarkable. To all our election partner agencies and supportive stakeholders, we take pride in working with you. And to the Bulakeños, it is our honor to have served you well. The sacrifices of our troops gave you an election that is secure, peaceful, and successful,” he said in a statement.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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