Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Percival Mendoza rejects the idea of putting the Municipality of Bataraza under “Comelec Control” despite the despite the successive shooting incidents and encounter between the armed group and the military last week which made the town under the election watchlist.
According to Atty. Mendoza, declaring a certain place under Comelec control is an ultimate move that they do not intend to happen.
“Kasi ‘pag nangyari yan, parang Martial Law. Ultimo ‘yung administrasyon ng local government ay pamamahalaan natin. Ayaw nating mangyari ‘yun,” Mendoza said.
Meanwhile, Atty Mendoza said that the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) composed of Comelec, AFP and PNP is strengthening all the security measures in Bataraza.
“Mas iniigtingan natin ang pagbabantay sa mga entry at exit areas, sa port, bantay talaga,” he said.
Mendoza however confirmed that the initial move of PJSCC to detail marines security personnel to both opposing political parties in Bataraza has been aborted. “Sila mismo ang tumanggi sa security.” Their main concern right now is the safety of civilians.
He also assured that authorities are doing their best to ensure safe and peaceful election not just in Bataraza but in the whole province.