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Cops prepare to secure the Comelec offices in Cebu City as the official filing of COCs began on Friday, October 1, 2021. | Dyrecka Letigio

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Don’t get overwhelmed by the funfair.

The Chief of the Waterfront Police Station who has jurisdiction over the Comelec offices in Cebu City once again reminds candidates and their supporters of the need to adhere to health and safety protocols when submitting their Certificates of Nomination (COC) .

Police Major Edgar Labe said the first day of the COC deposition on October 1 went “smoothly”, with very few people visiting the southern and northern district offices of Comelec.

READ: PROMDI candidate is the first to file COC in Cebu City

“Gahapon, first day, raman hapsay. Deployment with staff ok raman kaayo… wala gyud tay problema nga nakita gahapon, ”said Labe.

(Yesterday the first day of drop off it was very tidy. Our staff were deployed and we had no issues at that time.)

Labe added that around 50 police officers, including traffic police and special weapons and tactical personnel, have been deployed near the Comelec Cebu City offices.

READ: Cebu City Cops Ready and Ready to Get COC Deposit Oct 1-8

But they expect a different scenario in the next few days.

Labe said most candidates and their supporters are expected to set foot on Comelec’s offices a few days before or on the COC filing deadline.

And in order to avoid overcrowding, Labé asks candidates not to bring their supporters with them to Comelec.

“Para sa atoang candidate nga padulong pa mu file, ato sila gihangyo nga dili unta magdala og daghan nga supporters. Kay atoa gyud karon concern, naa pata its pandemic although niubos na ang kaso. If you have violated kita na unya ang hinungdan nga mudaghan, ”Labe said.

(We ask those who have not yet filed their COCs not to bring their supporters with them. Our concern now is that the number of active cases in the city is already dropping. If we violate [health and safety protocols] this will result in another increase just in case.)

Labe warned they would arrest anyone who violated health protocols. / Dcb

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