By Nitz Arancon
NORTHERN Mindanao police regional director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb has ordered Supt. Rodulfo Hernandez, chief for Intelligence Division at Camp Alagar, to submit to Camp Crame a revalidation and rectification of the parameters on declaring the city as an election hot spot.
The submission for a revalidation and rectification of the parameters set on idenfying election hot spots is meant for Camp Crame to delete Cagayan de Oro in the list of hot spot areas in the coming May elections.
Pacleb’s order serves as a follow-up to the position paper submitted by police city director Senior Supt. Nelson Aganon after Camp Crame failed to give a positive response to Aganon’s position paper.
In Aganon’s position paper, the city director requested the police top brass to delete the city in the list of hot spot on the grounds that Cagayan de Oro does not fall into any category that Camp Crame has set as parameters to define an election hot spot.
Aganon had argued that the city has no presence of private armed groups, insurgents, and warring political clans.
He said Camp Crame has yet to respond to the position paper he had submitted.
“We are still waiting for the result,” Aganon saids.
Aganon added that Pacleb may have issued the order to Hernandez to supplement his position paper.
For his part, Mayor Oscar Moreno said he was surprised why Camp Crame included the city in the list of election hot spots.
He added that under the Constitutional mandate, it is only the Commission on Elections that can declare an area as a hot spot and no other government agency.
“Mao nang kini natingala ako ngano man nga ang PNP nag-issue man ana nga statement. Pero I don’t wish to question their motive or what. Kay ang ako man gud kung naay statement nga hot spot it doesn’t sound good. Labi na kon dili ka hot spot,” Moreno said.
Still, Moreno said he is hoping that the city would be delisted before the midterm elections this May or at the least for Comelec to issue a statement of clarification.