LEGAZPI CITY, May 10 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 headed by Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr. is now in high morale after PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento called up and sent their congratulatory messages after the PRO5 led in performance rating for the most peaceful conduct of elections in the history of electoral process in the Bicol Region.
Marquez immediately relayed Tuesday morning the good news to the staff of PRO5 during a meeting and also called up Major Gen. Ferdinand Quedilla, commanding general of the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Pili, Camarines Sur, to inform the latter of the good news and extend his thanks to the soldiers for their part in securing the recent elections.
He said that based on the records of the PNP Directorate for Operations based in Camp Crame, Bicol led in performance among the 18 police regional offices, especially for successive successful arrests of private armed goods (PAG) in Masbate, the confiscation of various high-powered firearms, disbandment of the Luceña PAG in Iriga City in Camarines Sur two days before the May 9 local and national elections wherein the police seized 28 high-caliber firearms.
These are aside from the earlier disbandment of known PAGs in Masbate in the past months; seizure of various firearms, improvised explosive devices and drugs; the arrests of criminals and most wanted persons in the region.
Marquez said the conduct of the May 9 elections was the most peaceful in Bicol since the 1960s at 1970s wherein, he said, he personally saw violence during the time that his father became twice a municipal councilor of Camalig town in Albay.
In this connection, he thanked all PRO5 officers and men, Philippine Army members, media, Bicolanos and those who helped to ensure peaceful and orderly May 9 elections.
For the feat, the leaderships of the PNP and the Philippine Army in Bicol are now planning to have fellowship gatherings -- one in the 9th Infantry Division headquarters in Camarines Sur and one in Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola in Albay -- and get together for a boodle fight to celebrate.
The PRO5 is expected to received a medal and commendation from the DILG at Camp Crame soon for its accomplishments. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD