CAMP DIEGO SILANG, CARLATAN, SAN FENANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PIA) — The La Union Police Provincial Office (PPO) staged on January 27, a bike run dubbed “Bike for SAFE 2013” as one way of preserving peace and order in the province in preparation for the coming elections.
PCInsp. Marlon C. Paiste, Police Community Relations Chief and Public Information Officer said the bike run signals the desire and strong commitment of the La Union police in crusading peace in the province.
This bike run was led by Provincial Director PSSupt. Ramon L. Rafael and was participated by three contingents of Philippine National Police (PNP) bike enthusiasts.
“We want to inform the public that the PNP is doing all its best to make the 2013 national and local elections secure and fair,” PSSupt. Rafael said.
The bike run started at the respective stations of the PNP bikers and ended at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Agoo in a program attended by PNP and Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials, civic and religious organizations, concerned stakeholders, and students from the different schools in Agoo with an estimated number of 800 participants.
Meanwhile, PSSupt. Reynaldo G. Biay, Regional Public Safety Battalion Commander and Chief for Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG), said the Department of Interior and Local Government listed La Union among 15 provinces considered as “election areas of concern” due to the presence of threat groups, history of election-related violent incidents in previous elections and activities of partisan armed groups.
PSSupt. Biay said the RSOTG was created not only to assist La Union PPO in maintaining a peaceful election but also to create awareness in the community regarding their vital role to attain a credible election.
For his part, Provincial Election Supervisor II Joel Atty. Gines also said that La Union PPO, RSOTG and Comelec is hoping that all candidates will focus on their platform of government, to refrain from attacking the personal lives of their fellow candidates during the campaign period, and to avoid vote buying, election fraud, and the use of threats.
Atty. Gines expressed his hope that all candidates would nobly accept the results of the election and that they would respect the decision of the people this coming May 13, 2013 elections. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from La Union PPO)#