COLONEL Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, assured that Army personnel will remain non-partisan in connection with the slated May 13, 2013 elections.
Lactao said that a joint peace and security coordinating center meeting is scheduled Thursday between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission on Election (Comelec) to tackle election-related issues and concerns.
Lactao said members of the AFP were strictly directed to observe impartiality among candidates in the upcoming elections.
“Even in the conduct of our medical and dental civic actions, we will limit our partnership with non-political candidates,” he added.
Since the election period started last January 13, Lactao said there has been no reported election-related violence nor any developing situation that may result to an election-related violence.
“I believe on the maturity and sense of responsibility of our political leaders and political candidates,” Lactao said.
He said these candidates will refrain from activities that may cause violence.
As far as the checkpoints in connection with the implementation of the gun ban are concerned, Lactao explained that the military had been directed by the Comelec to conduct checkpoints operations with the PNP randomly anytime, anywhere.
“We will execute this in a professional manner. Law abiding citizens need not worry,” he assured the public. (Teresa D. Ellera)