THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has recorded a total of 65 incidents, 16 of which were election related, since the election period took effect on January 10.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor confirmed in a news briefing in Camp Crame that 16 cases were election related incidents (ERIs) and at least nine provinces were listed under election areas of concern (EAC) or election watchlist areas (EWAs).
Of the 65 occurrences, Mayor said, 48 were shooting incidents; six were strafing, five hacking or stabbing incidents; two explosions; while others involved grenade throwing, abduction and threat.
Among the election related incidents were those which occurred in the towns of Calauan and Mataas na Kahoy, both in Laguna and another one in Bohol Province.
Mayor said that of the 65 incidents, eight happened in Northern and Western Mindanao, seven were recorded in Southern Tagalog Region, and five in Regions 1, 2, 7 and 13.
He added that four incidents were also recorded in Central Luzon, the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and Metro Manila, while two occurrences were reported in Davao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Mayor said that of the 65 incidents recorded from Jan.10 up to April 7, 20 cases have been referred to the prosecutor’s office for filing of appropriate charges and 45 incidents remain under investigation.
The nine provinces considered election areas of concern in the synchronized elections on May 9 are the provinces of Pangasinan, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Samar, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, Abra and Nueva Ecija. Anthony Vargas