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Duterte approves deputation of soldiers, cops in ComVal plebiscite

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President Rodrigo Duterte has concurred with the deputation of the law enforcement agencies, including the military and the police, for the holding of a plebiscite in Compostela Valley on Saturday, December 7.

Memorandum Order No. 42, which Duterte signed on November 28, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec), through Resolution No. 10616, series of 2019, resolved to request Duterte’s concurrence in the deputation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies and other government instrumentalities in connection with the plebiscite to ratify Republic Act No. 11297, or “An Act Renaming the Province of Compostela Valley as the Province of Davao de Oro.”

The deputation of the law enforcement agencies by the Comelec is pursuant to Section 2 (4), Article IX-C of the Constitution “for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections.”

“The foregoing law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies are hereby directed to coordinate and cooperate with the Comelec in the performance of their duties and functions,” said the MO, which shall take effect immediately. #

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