47 cops serving as special electoral board members in Maguindanao

47 cops serving as special electoral board members in Maguindanao

FORTY-SEVEN policemen are now serving as members of special electoral boards in Maguindanao province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed on Monday, May 9, 2022.

The replacement of electoral boards came following the violent incidents that happened in the area since Sunday, May 8, eve of the 2022 national and local elections.

Nine individuals were wounded following an explosion in the premises of municipal hall in Barangay Meta, Datu Unsay in Maguindanao around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Police said five rounds of suspected M203 grenade exploded, resulting in the wounding of Mokom Dimatingkal, 16; Jomar Kinson, 30; Brahim Guiamalon, 47; Dhags M. Payag, 46; Amil Midzik, 17; Pahad Bandao, 16; Knotan Adam, 26; Karoten Longkatay, 30; and Asrap Abdul, 17.

The victims were brought to the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital for treatment.

Police said people from far-flung areas in Datu Unsay clogged the area as they came early to avoid the delay in voting because of the distance.

Clearing operations have been conducted in the area to preempt similar incidents.

Meanwhile, two more explosions transpired in a public terminal in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao Sunday evening.

No one was hurt.

Around 7:40 a.m. Monday, May 9, three individuals were killed, while another one was wounded in a shooting incident in front of the elementary school in Barangay Poblacion, Buluan, Maguindanao.

The fatalities were identified as Misuary Dimapalao, Sajid Kamama and Tata Bulilo.

“Initial investigation disclosed that the above-named victims were on board the Barangay Patrol Car when they were shot several times by the unidentified suspects with the use of 5.56 rifle based on the empty shells recovered from the crime scene,” police said.

“The Buluan MPS is now conducting hot pursuit operations for the possible identification and arrest of the suspects, while the casting of votes is still on going,” it added.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Operations Major General Valeriano de Leon said investigation as to the motive of the explosions is ongoing.

He said it is likely that local armed terrorist groups were behind the incidents. (SunStar Philippines)

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