Guarding the vote: Over 180,000 cops to be deployed for BSKE
MANILA, Philippines — The upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) on October 30 will see over 180,000 police officers guarding voting centers nationwide.
The Philippine National Police, through the public information office (PIO), announced its poll deployment through a Viber message to INQUIRER.net on Thursday.
“Sa amin pong security plan ay mag de-deploy ng 187,600 na PNP personnel sa mga voting centers,” it said.
(In our security plan, 187,600 PNP personnel will be deployed in voting centers.)
On the other hand, PNP spokesperson Colonel Jean Fajardo detailed the police movements on Election Day.
“Sa national, regional, provincial, local police, full deployment po ang mangyayari niyan sa BSKE,” she told reporters on Wednesday.
(In national, regional, provincial, and local police, full deployment will happen there for BSKE.)
“From the national headquarters, may binababa po tayong mga personnel at para tumulong po doon sa mga areas na particularly doon po sa mga napasailalim ng yellow, orange and red alert,” she said.
(From the national headquarters, we are dispatching personnel to help in areas, particularly in those places under yellow, orange, and red alerts.)
Last August 15, the PNP identified 27 areas of concern under the red alert.
These are sites that have grave security threats or have a history of election-related violence.
Police also labeled 232 areas under orange alert, indicating serious threats.
More than 4,000 sites are under yellow alert for having some poll-related troubles in the past.
Over 37,000 communities are considered ‘green’ because of the absence of any security problem.
PNP said the Commission on Elections has yet to approve the list.