Friday, December 28, 2012


Ordinarily, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines, are primarily deputized by the Commission on Elections in every election period for the purpose of the following duties and functions:
1.    To provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, and such other places or building, the members of the Board of Election Inspectors and the voters whenever the needs arises, or whenever the Commission through the Election Officer so requires;
2.  To provide security to personnel of the Commission on Elections, its deputies and other persons performing election-related functions including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms and supplies, that will be used by the Commission.

They are empowered to deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the Regional Election Director and the Provincial Election Supervisor of every province of the country.

To make available, at the least possible time, land, air and water-craft assets, communication systems and other equipment, in connection with the delivery and retrieval of election equipment, documents, supplies, forms and paraphernalia.

To look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats.

To assist the Commission on Elections in implementing more effectively election laws and/or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places.

To provide security escorts to candidate/s subject to the conditions and restrictions on the issued Comelec Resolution imposing the gun ban.

To conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission on Elections in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections.

To comply with and/or implement directives or resolutions which the Commission may issue or promulgate from time to time.

To take steps to prevent private security agencies from acting as private armies of any candidate or as campaigners for terroristic or violent acts against person in connection with election activities.

Implement strictly the rules and resolutions promulgated by the Commission on Elections. COMELEC CHECKPOINTS as an example.

Perform such other functions and duties or implement such other directives as the Commission may issue from time to time.

The DILG, NAPOLCOM, PNP, AFP are prohibited to effect changes in the assignments of regional, provincial and municipal unit commanders, without the prior written permission of the Commission on Elections during election periods.

SOURCE: Comelec Resolution No. 9571 dated Dec. 6, 2012


I am a Responsible and Principled Citizen.

I will educate myself and others about the issues at hand so that my vote is a meaningful and relevant exercise of my right of suffrage.

I pledge to vote for candidates who will abide by the duly constituted rules on campaigning because I understand that those who refuse to obey the law in the little things are not likely to obey the law in the more important things;

I pledge to vote for candidates who, by word and action, renounce violence, coercion, vote-buying, and corruption as means for getting elected;

I pledge to vote for the candidates who listen to their constituents and are responsive to the needs and aspirations of those they seek to represent;

I pledge to vote as my conscience dictates in all elections.

I make these promises freely and upon my honor.

(This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13 January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph)