• Grassroots polls spill more blood


    THE upcoming village elections next week is turning out to be more violent compared to the 2010 polls, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday.

    Data from the PNP operations center in Camp Crame showed that as of Thursday police authorities have already recorded at least 30 election related incidents (ERIs) across the country.

    Per PNP figures the 30 ERIs recorded by the police ahead of Monday’s village elections is higher than the 25 ERIs in 2010.

    Of the 30 ERIs, 28 are shootings and two stabbing incidents with 51 casualties recorded, the PNP figures show.

    The ERIs resulted in the deaths of 22 individuals, half of which are government officials; 11 are civilians, 24 individuals were wounded.

    PNP remains unperturbed about the ERIs, with one senior police officials describing the overall peace and order situation in the country as still manageable.

    “There was a slight increase in ERI’s . . . but so far, the situation still remain manageable,” PNP spokesman, Sr. Supt. Wilben Mayor said in a chance interview in Camp Crame.

    The PNP spokesman said that they are set to raise one notch higher the alert level status of their forces across the country on the eve of Election Day as police continue to implement stricter security measures.

    “The PNP will continue to implement the election gun ban and also at the same we will raise the alert level of our forces this weekend . . . and we are also ready to implement liquor ban,” Mayor said.


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