PRO-5 readies Oplan “Bicol Shield” vs. poll protests

PRO-5 readies Oplan “Bicol Shield” vs. poll protests

LEGAZPI CITY – The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) now readies its Operations Plan (Oplan) “Bicol Shield” to help preempt electoral protest actions that may disturb the peace and order situation in the region.

PRO-5 spokesperson, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, said their initiative is meant to address possible civil disturbances that may arise following the proclamation of the winning candidates in the recently concluded May 9 elections.

“Oplan Bicol Shield involves civil disturbance management (CDM) contingents who were previously deployed in various polling precincts. They are organized by platoon and will be ready for mobilization and deployment various areas when needed,” she explained.

Calubaquib said they also have Reactionary Standby Support Forces (RSSF) at the Police Provincial Office and Naga City Police Office which also have their CDM teams that will be ready for deployment as the need arises.

PRO-5, Calubaquib said will likewise set up strategic control points along major thoroughfares and main supply routes to prevent the entry of left-leaning groups that may be planning to go to Manila to hold protest rallies.

“These actions will be undertaken in close coordination with the Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group, Armed Forces of the Philippines, force multipliers, and other partner agencies,” she said, adding they also seek the public’s cooperation in their effort to maintain peace in Bicol.