Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AFP reinforcements deployed to Manila for elections

From GMA News (Apr 11): AFP reinforcements deployed to Manila for elections

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Thursday sent reinforcements to the Manila Police District to help keep the peace during the run-up to the May 13 elections.

Five soldiers will initially be deployed to each of the MPD's 11 stations to help in peacekeeping operations such as checkpoints, radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported.

More soldiers may be deployed if the need arises, the report added.

The AFP and Philippine National Police are working with the Commission on Elections to ensure peaceful and orderly elections on May 13.

The AFP reinforcements stemmed from the meetings of the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council, which includes representatives from the Comelec, AFP and PNP.

Depending on the situation, more deployments may be made in the next few weeks before the May 13 polls, the report said.

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