The AFP, in support to the PNP, will conduct appropriate measures to secure the upcoming barangay and SK elections. Joint AFP-PNP troops will be deployed to man checkpoints in different areas to provide assistance to civilians, deter and prevent any move of interest groups that might be inimical to good order; and protect the general populace.
We have not monitored specific threat to the election or the preparations to it, but continuous security measures are being undertaken to twart any possible actions from usual peace spoilers, armed groups and terrorist elements that might take advantage of the situation. Particular concern is the usual extortion and unlawful intervention of the CPP-NPA-NDF in elections in the form of permit to campaign fees, permit to win fees and harrassment of candidates.
In any eventuality, the AFP is ready to respond and take necessary measures to safeguard the people and the election process.