The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office said 665 of the total 1,753 of its police personnel eligible for local absentee voting (LAV) cast their votes for the May 9 elections, at the NOCPPO headquarters in Bacolod City on the first day of the three-day LAV.
Among the police personnel who availed of the LAV at the Kanla-on Hall of Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. were those assigned at the city and municipal police stations, provincial headquarters, provincial mobile force companies under the NOCPPO, National Support Units, and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion.
The Commission on Elections set the LAV until April 29 for members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other government agencies, as well as members of the media, to vote ahead of the registered voters since they will not be able to do so on May 9 due to the performance of their functions in securing, covering and reporting on the elections.
Negros Occidental Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Roberto Salazar, said there are about 2,000 absentee voters in the province, who can only vote for president, vice president, senators, and party-list groups.
The Comelec said 84,357 voters all over the country have been allowed to cast their votes until Friday.
Unlike the regular voters who will use the Vote Counting Machines, absentee voters will do it manually, Salazar said.
Meanwhile, P/Col Leo Pamittan, acting NOCPPO provincial director, said during the Daily Personnel Accounting Formation this morning that personnel should choose the right persons and partylists that support the government programs and endeavors.
“Huwag sayangin ang iyong boto, pumili ng tama,” Pamittan stressed./NND