25 dead in poll-related violence

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AT least 25 persons were reported killed and seven others were wounded in 34 incidents that were recorded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the election period began on January 10, 2016.

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The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, however, said that the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) is still validating and verifying all documented violent incidents since January.

The PNP spokesman added that during the first 45 days of the election period from January 10 until February 26, the DIDM has validated only one incident that will qualify as election- related.

Mayor on Thursday said the Police Regional Office 5 rectified its validation of the case involving village chairman Jonathan Sullerra of Barangay Cabangcalan, Placer, Masbate as election-related incident (ERI) to non-ERI.

“Based on the investigation, the motive was a personal grudge and had nothing to do with politics,” he explained.

Mayor said in two months, 34 incidents were recorded by the police, with four each in Police Regional Office (PRO) 18, PRO 10 and PRO 13, and three incidents each in the Southern Tagalog Region, Bicol Region and Western Mindanao Region.

Two incidents were each recorded in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Davao Region and National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

One incident each was recorded in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region, Western Visayas and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Mayor said.

The PNP spokesman added that seven cases were referred to the Prosecutor’s Office while 27 are still under investigation.

Of the 48 victims of ERIs, 22 were elected government officials, 10 were civilians, eight were supporters and three were candidates.

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