LAST May’s mid-term elections may turn out to be bloodier and deadlier than the presidential elections of 2010, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Friday.
The PNP leadership earlier announced that the May elections were “generally” peaceful compared to the 2010 elections, although the current election period is not due to end until June 12.
But figures from the PNP Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) revealed that there were more poll fatalities this year, but fewer cases of poll violence.
The PNP-DIDM tallied a total of 57 persons killed and 74 either hurt or wounded for the election period from January 13 to May 28.
The number of fatalities is slightly higher than the 57 persons killed and 78 persons hurt or wounded in 2010.
The figures also said that the PNP-DIDM recorded a total of 90 election-related violent incidents (Ervis), majority of which were shooting incidents.
However, the figure is still lower than the 176 Ervi’s that police recorded for the 2010 presidential elections.