PNP-AFP: Elections 'generally peaceful'

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday that the 2016 national and local elections is still considered generally peaceful considering that there are only 164 recorded Election Related Violent Incidents (ERVI) since January.

Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the military's National Election Monitoring Center recorded 22 ERVIs, which resulted to 10 fatalities and three wounded, from midnight until 2 p.m. of May 9.

The initial report was a consolidation of all incidents verified by the AFP's Area Commands station all throughout the country.

The Western Mindanao area remains to have the most number of ERVIs, with one ambush, three indiscriminate firing, one mauling, three shooting incidents, three arson, three explosions, and one apprehension.

Padilla noted that the bailiwicks of all presidential candidates have been relatively calm, saying untoward incidents are usually isolated among areas already known with conflict preceding the elections.

The provinces that are under the election watch list areas by PNP are: Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Nueva Ecija, Abra, Pangasinan, Masbate Negros Oriental, and Western Samar.

Meanwhile, PNP spokesman Wilben Mayor said that the potential disorder caused by the resignation of 400 teacher/BEIs in Mindanao was averted by PNP after it deployed its men to replace them.

"In Lanao del Sur, we have 262 SBEIs (Special Board of Election Inspectors) and in Sulu we have 48. We also have 66 men in Pantar (Lanao del Norte), 75 in Lunungan, and 59 in Samar. So aside from the usual security detail, these are the numbers policemen who served as SBEIs," Mayor said. (Sunnex)

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