SOME 90 barangays in Negros Occidental are considered “hotspots” in line with the October 28 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, the Philippine Army said.
The Army also said the possibility that rebels would support candidates in what they considered as “controlled areas” because of parliamentary struggle.
Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in the province, said they consider the barangays as hotspot areas because of the presence of the New People's Army (NPA), and most are located in the hinterlands.
Most of the 90 barangays, added Aying, are located in the 1st, 5th and 6th congressional districts, and about 20 of these villages are occupied by the NPA.
Aying said the army officials had talked with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) officers of the towns and cities in the province, and they made an initial assessment on the forthcoming coming election.
"We will secure and focus on these areas,” he assured.
The military, Aying added, will concentrate on the hotspot areas and places having “difficult” terrains, while other barangays will be handled by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The PNP, based on the joint PNP and Military meeting, will also field personnel in every precinct during the day of election.
Aying was at the Capitol on Monday and brought some products from their wellness farm which is a livelihood program given to the rebel returnees.