391 villages in Davao under Comelec watch-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
A TOTAL of 391 barangays in Davao Region have been placed under Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) watch as authorities prepare for the barangay polls.
The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao said 391 barangays have been identified by Comelec as areas of concern.
Just a few days back, the number is only 174, with Compostela Valley province having the lion share of the election hotspots with 101 barangays.
But in an interview with PRO-Davao Director Wency Pascual on Thursday, he said the number has gone up to 391. He said though that none of these barangay hotspots are located in the urban areas.
He said all of them are in the outskirts and are identified to have presence of lawless armed groups like the New People's Army. He said none of the barangays have been under the Comelec watch due to political violence.
Police Senior Inspector Gretchen Cinco, PRO-Davao spokesperson, meanwhile, assured the public that police and military will be tightly watching these election hotspots.
He said the joint police and military peace and security coordinating center will meet on October 19 with the Comelec for final assessment of the hotspot areas.
In another development, several known personalities have joined the barangay election in Davao City. Among them were former city councilor and militant leader Angela Librado-Trinidad and January Navares-Duterte, wife of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
There were rumors earlier that no less than Mayor Rodrigo Duterte prodded Trinidad to run for barangay captain, so she could be the next Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president in the city and thereby sit as representative in the City Council.
Vice Mayor Duterte, however, said that the mayor will not be the one to choose who would be the next ABC president but the barangay captains themselves.
The vice mayor was once the ABC president, thus his entry to politics.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 12, 2013.