Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) is all set for the May 13 mid-term local and national elections in its area of responsibility.
A send-off ceremony to its troops composed of one Provisional Battalion was conducted Monday, May 6 led by the JTF ZAMPELAN and 1st Infantry Division commander, Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan.
In his message, Ancan emphasized that the task force is committed in its mandate to support the police and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) during the conduct of the elections.
He reiterated his instructions to the troops to remain apolitical and non-partisan at all times.
A week ago, the task force commander had been visiting the line units under the JTF ZAMPELAN to ensure that the security preparations for the elections are in place.
Ancan said that despite the deployment of troops for election duties, the operations against the communist terrorist group and other threat groups in the area will continue.
“We will not put our guards down, yet, we will intensify our efforts to prevent armed threats and lawless elements from conducting atrocities in order to ensure the safety and security of the voters and for them to freely exercise their right to suffrage and to protect the sanctity of their votes and the integrity of the elections,” Ancan stressed.
Present during the ceremony were Atty. Geraldine Samsom, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Assistant Regional Director of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); Atty. Jossi Macute, the Provincial Election Officer of Zamboanga del Sur; personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the media; and officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the JTF ZAMPELAN. (jm)