BACOLOD CITY, May 15 (PNA) — Although the process is not yet finished, the Commission on Elections declared a peaceful election in Negros Occidental and its capital city here.
Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Wil Arceño said there was no single grave election-related incident reported in 32 local government units in the province before, during and after Election Day on Monday.
Arceño said everything was generally peaceful despite the two separate shootouts and reported coercion or intimidation of voters in Moises Padilla a day before the election.
Arceño said the policemen and soldiers in the area were able to manage the situation well, preventing more violence to erupt up to this date.
In Escalante City, another hotspot area in the province, the election up to the proclamation of winners became unexpectedly smooth, he said.
Officer-in-Charge Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said the peaceful election was made possible due to the cooperation of the public.
De La Paz said peace covenants among candidates, media, non-government organizations, police, army and Comelec officials were proven effective.
The establishment of Joint Security Coordinating Center that provided hotlines in case of emergencies also helped empowered the public against lawless elements, he added.
“We are successful in prevent the operations of private armed groups and other lawless elements because the people are reporting their presence in their area,” he said.
On his part, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Jon Aying also thanked the people for their active cooperation and congratulated all the soldiers for a job well done. (PNA)