THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday reported that they had identified more than 30 villages in Metro Manila where potential violence could erupt during the village elections next week.
Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information chief, said that there are a total of 39 villages under the Election Watchlist Areas (EWA) in the metro. He added that these villages were classified as EWA because of their historical data and previous reported incidents of election-related violence.
“These are the parameters before a certain places can be classified or included in the list of EWA,” Sindac told reporters in Camp Crame.
Based on PNP list, Manila has the most number of villages under EWA with 12 villages being strictly monitored. Parañaque follows the list with six villages and then Taguig with five and Makati with four.
The cities of Quezon, Las Piñas, Pasay and Navotas all have two villages under EWA while Muntinlupa, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig and Valenzuela all have one.
Overall, the PNP official said that there are about 6,195 villages across the country listed as EAC, while 156 villages are classified as election areas of immediate concerns (EIAC) where election related violence have been recorded.
PNP figures also said that as of Monday a total of 438 persons have been arrested for violating the election gun-ban—implemented on September 28 and will last until November 12.
Of the 438 person arrested for election gun-ban, 410 were civilians; 16 were security guards; five police personnel; three government officials and three military personnel, the PNP figures said.
The PNP figures added that police were able to confiscate 352 various types of firearms; 15 gun replicas; 140 bladed weapons; 64 grenades; 86 other types of explosives and 2,685 various types of ammunitions. ANTHONY VARGAS