In order to preserve the non-partisan nature of the Philippine National Police and Commission on Elections in view of the upcoming midterm polls, ranking officers of the PNP and Comelec have been reshuffled to new assignments, many of whom will also get new assignments in the days to come.
In the COMELEC, Bohol’s Atty. Eliseo Labaria assumed as Provincial Election Supervisor of Negros Oriental. It is expected that Election Officers of the 6 cities in the province will also be reshuffled.
Meanwhile, 41 police officials under the Negros Oriental Provincial Office were reshuffled and assigned to other positions on orders by Acting Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Raul M. Tacaca purportedly so their expertise and competencies can ably answer the needs required of their new assignments.
Tacaca stressed that the PNP organization is national in scope and civilian in character, thus every police officer can be assigned anywhere in the country to fulfill its sworn duty to serve and protect.
He added that “officers who have been efficiently serving the province will be reassigned to new place where their expertise and competencies are needed.”
The new Comelec provincial head in meeting with municipal and other smaller city registrars said that
it is important to get qualified technicians to man the electronic counting machines because the Comelec
is now doing the job and no longer SMARTMATIC.
He emphasized the huge responsiblity of the Comelec in this mid-term election since they are now
manning the technical aspect of tabulating, transmitting and consolidating the returns thru machine
but with no more assistance from Smartmatic.
In this mid-term elections, only the senatorial returns will be transmitted to Manila for national tabulation.
The results of local elections will be tabulated locally.
But the usual process of protests and other cases will have to be resolved by Comelec Manila.