AT least nine people have been killed and 14 others were wounded in dozen of violence incidence that have been recorded ahead of village elections at the end of the month, police figures revealed on Thursday.
Figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) operations center in Camp Crame said that as of Wednesday a total of 14 election-related incidents (ERI) have been recorded by the police since the campaign period started on September 28.
The PNP figures show that these incidents resulted in the death of nine people—four of them are village officials and five civilians—while 14 others were injured, half of them are village officials.
The reported ERI are shooting incidents—Ilocos region and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have the highest number of ERI with three apiece, followed by the Bicol region with two while Regions 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 have one each.
These incidents occurred despite PNP’s strict imple-mentation of the nationwide election gun-ban, meant to prevent the possible outbreak of violence for the coming village elections on October 28.
Police figures show the number of persons arrested for violations of the nationwide election gun-ban continues to rise with 381 arrested since the ban was set on September 28.
Civilians still remain the top violators of the ban with 362 out of the 383 followed by security guards with 11; five policemen; three military personnel and two government official, police figures show.
The police figures added that a total of 302 various types of firearms have been seized by the police along with 123 bladed weapons, 58 grenades; 85 explosives; 14 gun replicas and 2,401 pieces of assorted type of ammunitions.