THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday reported that the number of validated election related incidents (ERI) recorded by the police since the start of the election period on January 10, 2016 rose to 26 from the 14 it recorded last week.
PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said that the Central Luzon region has the highest number of ERI with five incidents recorded.
Mayor added that four ERIs were recorded each in Cagayan Valley and Southern Tagalog regions, three each in Ilocos and Central Visayas regions, two each were reported in Metro Manila and Northern Mindanao.
The police official said that one incident was recorded each in Western Mindanao, Bicol and the Cordillera region.
Majority of the cases were recorded by the police were shooting incidents.
Based on records of the PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC), from these incidents 14 persons were killed and nine others were injured.
The PNP spokesman appealed to the public to immediately report to the authorities if they observe any suspicious looking character or unknown persons in their community or they have any knowledge of groups that are trying to undermine the election in their area.
“Active uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the PNP are continuously reminded to remain apolitical and non-partisan during the entire election period,” Mayor said.
The PNP spokesman said that there are at least 82 active Private Armed Groups (PAGs) being monitored by the PNP in which 75 or 91.5 percent are in Mindanao.