THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday it is now monitoring at least 85 private armed groups (PAGs), which could undermine the holding of peaceful and orderly elections on May 9.
Director Generoso Cerbo, head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, told reporters in a news conference at Camp Crame that most of these PAGs are operating in the restive Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.
“I think that seven PAGs have been added from the previous 78, so it’s now 85,” Cerbo said.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said in a previous news briefing that the number of PAGs being monitored by the police for this year’s synchronized local and national elections totaled 78. ANTHONY VARGAS