At least nine people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in violent incidents that ahead of the barangay elections on October 28, police figures revealed Thursday.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) national operations center in Camp Crame said that as of Wednesday, it had recorded 14 election-related incidents (ERI) since the election period started last September 28.
The PNP said four of those killed were barangay officials and the rest were civilians.
Half of those injured were barangay officials.
All the incidents involved shootings, with the Ilocos region and ARMM having the highest number with three each , followed by Bicol region with two.
Regions 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 have one incident each.
The shootings occurred despite the nationwide election gun ban.
The police said the number of persons arrested for violating the ban reach 381 and was still rising.
Civilians remain the top violators, with 362 out of the 383 arrests. Eleven were security guards; five were policemen; three military personnel and two government officials.
A total of 302 assorted firearms have been seized along with 123 bladed weapons, 58 grenades; 85 explosives; 14 gun replicas and 2,401 pieces of assorted ammunition. ANTHONY VARGAS