The Philippine National Police (PNP) will coordinate with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the protection of its officers and employees especially in areas with security problems and with history of election-related violence.

This, after an election officer of Maluso, Basilan was wounded in a gun attack in Calle Posporo, Barangay San Rafael in Isabela City at about 7:25 PM on October 11. The victim was identified as Aknam Hasim.

“Inatasan ko na ang RD PRO9 na magsagawa ng malalimang imbestigasyon sa kasong ito upang mapanagot ang may kagagawan sa tangkang pagpatay sa election officer ng Maluso, Basilan. Kasabay sa aking utos ang pagbibigay ng proteksyon sa kanya,” said PGen Eleazar.

Based on the initial result of the investigation, Hasim was inside his vehicle with his wife when the car was repeatedly shot by unidentified gunmen. Hasim was immediately brought to Bascom Hospital and now undergoing treatment.

“Makikipag-ugnayan din tayo sa liderato ng Commission on Elections upang pag-usapan kung paano makakatulong ang inyong PNP sa seguridad ng mga opsiyal ng COMELEC lalo na sa mga probinsya na may history ng election violence,” said PGen Eleazar.

“On the part of the PNP, we are continuously conducting preparations and aggressive operations against all the threat on the peaceful and honest conduct of the May 2022 elections,” he added.

PGen Eleazar has earlier ordered early preparations to ensure the peaceful, honest and orderly conduct of the May 2022 presidential and local elections. Among the measures now being conducted are the aggressive campaign against loose firearms and the operation against active and inactive members of private armed groups.

The Chief PNP emphasized the need to prepare early, saying that this would effectively deny criminal elements the opportunity to sabotage and sow violence during the campaign period, election day and the proclamation of winners.

During the eight-day filing of Certificate of Candidacy and Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance from October 1 to 8, early PNP preparations resulted in a generally peaceful conduct of this first part of the election process.

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