AFP pre-deploys troops for BOL plebiscite

AFP pre-deploys troops for BOL plebiscite

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato. Photo from Manila Bulletin.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato reported on Friday that the military has sufficiently prepared for the coming Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite. Pending some minor adjustments yet to be done, the security efforts are reportedly complete for the elections.

“Yes, troops securing the BOL plebiscite (are) already pre-deployed and only minor adjustments are being done by field commanders as ‘D-Day’ (election day) comes,” Detoyato said when asked for updates on security preparations for the plebiscite.

According to Col. Detoyato, some 10,000 plus troops and support units are to be deployed to ensure the safety and security of the BOL plebiscite. The Philippine National Police (PNP) will also be assigning personnel to supplement these forces.

Detoyato did not specify any specific threats detected by the military against the elections, however insurgency groups active in the Bangsamoro region are being monitored. Batoyato said that military are keeping their eyes on the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other ISIS-inspired terror groups in case of any plans to disrupt Monday’s polls.

“Yes, we are monitoring and other troops are operating (to forestall possible disruption attempts by these groups),” Detoyato said.

“Rest assured, the AFP together with the PNP and with the big help from OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) the LGUs (local government units) and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) leadership, the coming plebiscite will be conducted smoothly,” Detoyato added.

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