Multi-sectoral confab for barangay polls set-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
PREPARATIONS for the barangay elections set on October 28 will be tackled during a conference involving the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine National Police, and the Philippine Army on September 28, lawyer Jessie Suarez, Negros Occidental Comelec supervisor, said Tuesday.
"We will compare notes during that conference," Suarez said, when asked about some areas of concern in the province relative the forthcoming polls.
He said the National Command Conference is also slated September 28, the Regional Command Conference on September 25.
Suarez said he will first meet with the city and municipal election officers and get inputs from them, before holding the command conference.
Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Occidental, said that least 90 hinterland barangays in the province have been identified as hotspots for the scheduled elections.
Aying said about 20 of these villages are considered "highly affected" by the New People's Army (NPA).
Majority of the 90 barangays are located in the first, fifth, and sixth districts of the province, he said.
Aying further theorized on the possibility that rebels will support candidates in what they consider as villages under the NPA “control.”
He had said the military will concentrate on these election hotspots and areas with difficult terrain, while the police will handle the easily accessible barangays.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 18, 2013.