Elections in Pag-asa Island all set

Security & Defense

The Philippine National Police has completed all security preparations for the 2019 midterm national and local elections on Monday, May 13.

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“It’s green and go nationwide as far as police election security operations is concerned,” thus declared PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa , who is commander of the PNP National Security Task Force for the 2019 midterm elections.

On Thursday, Gamboa was in Kalayaan, Palawan, the Philippines’ remotest municipality in the West Philippine Sea to personally assess police security preparations for the holding of elections in Barangay Pag-asa, the single barangay in the Kalayaan Island Group, a 5th class municipality that is home to more than 200 civilian residents.

On election day, Pag-asa residents will elect the provincial governor, vice governor, provincial board members, and district representative; and the town mayor, vice-mayor, and members of the municipal council of Kalayaan, as well as national candidates for senator and a partylist group.


The mayoral seat of Kalayaan Island Group is being contested by independent candidate Roberto Del Mundo and PPP bet Rodrigo Jaca.

COMELEC, PNP and AFP officials flew to Pag-asa on Thursday for the Final testing and Sealing of Vote Counting Machines (VCM), and Voters’ Registration and Verification System (VRVS) ahead of Monday’s national electoral exercise.

COMELEC Commissioners Al Parreño, Antonio Kho and Louie Tito Guia personally witnessed the final testing and sealing procedures for the election equipment.

The PNP maintains a Municipal Police Station in Kalayaan, Palawan based in Barangay Pag-asa. PNP-PIO