Security of May polls in the hands of Arroyo’s ‘mistahs’
Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The security of the first nationwide automated elections in May is in the hands of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatarungan” Class of 1978, the batch that adopted President Arroyo as honorary member.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), from the top, is packed with President Arroyo’s “mistahs.”
At the Philippine National Police (PNP), Class ’78 has yet to clinch the topmost positions, but abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak shows they are well-placed on the ground, especially in vote-rich regional commands.
Class ’78 has total or partial control of the 17 Joint Security Control Centers (JSCCs)—1 per region—organized by Task Force Hope, which is composed of officers from the AFP and the PNP tasked to secure candidates and polling centers in May.
Based on the AFP-PNP joint operational guidelines, the JSCCs should be headed by the respective AFP Army Infantry Division (ID) commanders and PNP regional chiefs. (In practice, the ID commanders delegate Infantry Brigade commanders who answer to them.)
AFP, PNP begin implementing poll security plans
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have begun implementing security plans for the May 10 elections even as the number of private armed groups has reportedly increased during the campaign period.
Army Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, action officer of the Task Force HOPE (Honest, Peaceful and Orderly Elections), and Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo told a news briefing at the Palace that troops have been deployed in voting areas ahead of the polls.
Nepomuceno said special attention would be given to areas identified by security agencies as election hotspots.
via Phil. Star