The Police Regional Office 9 has heightened its alert status in the area of jurisdiction in preparation for the forthcoming National and Local Elections. With this, thousands of voters and loyal supporters from the different areas of Zamboanga Peninsula will emerge in all voting places to exercise their rights of suffrage during the Election Day.
The integrity of the electoral process and safety of voters as well as the supporters of political candidates are of utmost priority, and the democratic rights of the voters must be protected.
The PNP will not allow irregularities such as fraud, terrorism, violence, vote buying, ballot snatching, and permit-to-campaign which adversely influence the outcome of the elections.
PNP believes that there are still political candidates who engage in vote-buying activities. However, the PRO9 leadership urges the public to report to the authorities any individuals who will engage in this kind of activities or other related crimes.
The Police Regional Office 9 will continue to intensify the enforcement of law and regulations pertaining to the bearing and carrying of firearms by conducting joint PNP/AFP COMELEC checkpoints, search warrant operations, accounting of wanted persons, OPLAN SITA and OPLAN BAKAL and other anti-criminality to deter lawless elements from their reprehensible activities.
Nevertheless, the PRO9 leadership headed by PCSUPT MIGUEL C ANTONIO, JR., assures the public that they will be protected, respect for human rights and the PNP operational rules and regulations shall be strictly adhered in confronting law enforcement operations.