CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) is all set for the upcoming Midterm National and Local Elections 2019 in its area of responsibility.
A send-off ceremony to its troops composed of one (1) Provisional Battalion was conducted on Monday, May 6, 2019 led by the JTF ZAMPELAN commander, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan.
In his message, BGen Ancan emphasized that the JTF ZAMPELAN is committed in its mandate to support the police and the COMELEC in the implementation of election laws. He further reiterated his instructions to the troops to remain apolitical and non-partisan at all times.
A week ago, BGen Ancan has been visiting the line units under the JTF ZAMPELAN to ensure that the security preparations for the National and Local Elections 2019 are emplaced, and to make ready all available military assets to include the personnel for deployment during elections.
Ancan stressed that despite the deployment of troops for election duties, the operations against communist terrorist group and other threat groups in the JTF ZAMPELAN area of responsibility will continue. “We will not put our guards down, yet, we will intensify our efforts to prevent armed threats and lawless elements from conducting atrocities in order to ensure the safety and security of the voters and for them to freely exercise their right to suffrage and to protect the sanctity of their votes and the integrity of the elections,” added Ancan.
Among the attendees of the ceremony were Atty. Geraldine Samsom, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Assistant Regional Director of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Atty. Jossi Macute, the Provincial Election Officer of Zamboanga del Sur, personnel from the PNP, the media and officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the JTF ZAMPELAN.