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Duterte authorizes agencies to ensure peaceful local polls

President yesterday authorized law enforcement agencies to ensure a peaceful barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth) elections on May 14.
Duterte made this authorization through Memorandum Order No. 21, titled Concurrence of the President in the Deputation of Law Enforcement Agencies and Instrumentalities of the Government Including the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the 14 May 2018 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
“Now, therefore, I, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and the existing laws, hereby concur with Comelec Resolution No. 10207, deputizing the law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including the AFP, in connection with the 14 May 2018 Synchronized Barangay and SK Elections,” Duterte said in his memorandum order.
The President also directed the law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies to coordinate and cooperate with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the performance of their duties and functions.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yet to detect any security threat in connection with the conduct of the barangay and SK polls.
“We have not monitored any current threat to the election or the preparations to it, but continuous security measures are being undertaken to thwart any possible actions from usual peace spoilers, armed groups and terrorist elements that might take advantage of the situation,” AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin said.

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