Marawi troops vote early, Army vows non-partisan role

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Fifty (50) Army soldiers of the 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade exercised their right to vote during the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) held at Kampo Ranao in Marawi City on April 29, 2019.

Absentee voting pursuant to R.A. 7166 and E.O. No. 157, is a system of voting by any person (a registered voter) who, by reason of public functions and duties, is not in his/her place of registration on election day may vote in the city/municipality where he/she is assigned.

Government officials and employees; members of the AFP; and PNP are entitled to avail the absentee voting.

“Now that they have voted, our troops will now focus on their mission of making the mid-term elections in Lanao Del Sur free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Only the positions for Senator and Party-list shall be voted for under the absentee voting system.

Meanwhile, the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division under the leadership of Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, vowed to make sure that the Army will be apolitical and non-partisan during the midterm national and local elections.

Ancan stressed that “We are carrying a big responsibility in this electoral process and that is our commitment, to ensure that our troops strictly observe the conduct of secure and fair elections and to remain apolitical and non-partisan at all times.”

“Aside from the implementation of election laws, the only political exercise that we are allowed to do during this coming election is to vote. Your Army is a professional organization that strictly adheres to the codes of conduct. Thus, we are fully committed and well prepared to address any armed threats and fully support the campaign for truthful, peaceful and free elections,” Ancan added.