Comelec chairman satisfied with NCR checkpoints

January 13, 2013 2:12pm
Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. is generally satisfied with the checkpoints set up by police in Metro Manila for the election period (January 13 to June 12, 2013).But Brillantes reminded the police anew to follow standard operating procedures in the checkpoint operations, radio dzBB’s Rodil Vega reported Sunday.The report said Brillantes was accompanied by Metro Manila police chief Director Leonardo Espina in inspecting police checkpoints in Metro Manila.He conducted the inspection between midnight and 3 a.m. Sunday, the report said.

Brillantes was quoted in the report as saying the police should conduct checkpoints in strategic places and with proper lighting and signage.

On the other hand, he said he expects the checkpoints in the regions to similarly follow standard operating procedures.

He also said he expects Comelec regional directors to file this week their reports on their inspections of police checkpoints in the provinces.

Early on Sunday, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Alan Purisima announced that several checkpoints have been set up to ensure the enforcement of the Comelec gun ban.

Also he said, “Magkakaroon po tayo ng iba’t ibang hakbang para ipatupad itong gun ban na ipinag-utos po sa atin ng Comelec.”

Moreover, he said “Hindi po natin ina-announce kung saan po natin ilalagay ang checkpoints dahil nga po, kapag ia-announce natin, syempre, ‘yung mga kriminal na nakikinig sa mga radyo at telebisyon ay malalaman po nila kung saan sila dadaan,” he said.

Purisima reiterated the rules to be followed in setting up checkpoints:

– the location must be in a well-lighted area,
– visible signage must be put up
– all police officials must be wearing uniform, and
– a patrol car must be present.

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