Año hails cops for serving as election tellers mostly in Mindanao

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año commended Tuesday the over 1,000 police personnel for serving as Board of Election Tellers (BETs) in key areas in the country, mostly in Mindanao, during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections Monday, May 14.

A total of of 1,104 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were deployed in several voting centers in Mindanao, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Calabarzon to serve as BETs when the assigned teachers failed to report or backed out due to peace and order problems, he said.

Of the PNP members who served as BETs, 14 were in Zamboanga City, 144 in Lanao del Norte, 150 in Sulu, 45 in Basilan, 283 in Maguindanao, 657 in Lanao del Sur, 118 in Cotabato City, and 120 in North Cotabato, all in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, six cops served as BETs in Kalinga and 62 in Dasmarinas City in CAR and Calabarzon, respectively.

The Election Service Reform Act and Comelec Resolution No. 10194 provide that uniformed personnel of the PNP may be deputized as a Member of the Electoral Board if the peace and order situation in the area requires it and if and there are no other qualified, willing and available persons to render election service in the affected area.