FIVE municipalities in Pampanga are under the Philippine National Police’s election watchlist in relation to the forthcoming midterm elections in May 2019, Pampanga Police Provincial Office Director Senior Superintendent Jean Fajardo disclosed Wednesday, February 27.
Fajardo declined to name yet the five municipalities that were placed under the election watchlist so as not to spark fear among residents, but noted that local police have already been alerted of their area’s status.
Fajardo also clarified that the election watchlist status is different from “hotspot” status, wherein areas under the watchlist were identified due to minor incidents that transpired during the past elections.
“We want to clarify that the five municipalities are not considered election hotspots. They are on the watchlist due to minor incidents that involved candidates or their supporters but nothing involving violence,” she stressed.
“We only placed them under the election watchlist so we can put more focus on the said areas to ensure that the same incidents will not happen again in line with our goal of having a safe and fair election,” she added.
Fajardo, meanwhile, said that areas under the election watchlist will have security augmentation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines aside from the deployed police force to further ensure the safety and security of the community.