CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Police Senior Superintendent Reynaldo G. Biay, Regional Special Operation Task Group (RSOTG) commander for La Union called on the whole community for its cooperation in the campaign for SAFE 2013 (secure and fair elections) and urged the public to call its hotline numbers for immediate police action on peace and order concerns in their locality.
Biay, who is also the battalion commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1), stressed that he is seeking the support of the La Union police force, private communities, religious sectors, civil society groups, the local media and the public to ensure the successful implementation of the election security campaign plan in the province.
“Any information about the presence of partisan armed groups (PAGs), loose and unregistered firearms, gun for hire personalities and criminal groups, wanted persons with standing warrant of arrest, and any related concerns for the peace and security of the upcoming elections may resort to the power of short messaging system (SMS) or text messaging, or may call our hotline nos. 09056646787 or 09398368483 or e-mail at [email protected] for immediate police response,” the commander said.
The hotline numbers for Pangasinan task group headed by Chief Supt. James B. Bucayu are 09056661131 and 09477203755 while the Ilocos Sur task group led by Senior Supt. Manolito C. Labador are 09159457576 and 09281432990.
Earlier, newly installed PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima has clarified that La Union is not an election hot spot but one of the 15 priority provinces that would be given priority police actions to ensure peace and order, citing incidents in the past and in order to address all concerns including the presence of PAGs and other matters.
The task group commander said that one of the measures being implemented is focused police operations on the accounting of unrenewed firearms license which resulted to the verification/check of 884 firearms and the renewal of 35 licenses.
House visitations of delinquent firearms owners were conducted and they were given options either to surrender theor firearm or renew its license, he added.
Other courses of actions for election security operations include police interventions like conduct of checkpoints, Oplan Sita/Oplan Bakal, police community dialogues, accounting of wanted persons and the conduct of physical accounting of detainees in different district and city jails in La Union.#