• School building burned in Maguindanao at the start of village elections

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    UNKNOWN armed-men burned four classrooms a few hours before the start of nationwide village elections in Maguindanao province, police reports said on Monday.

    Deputy Director General Felipe Rojas, Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy Chief for Operations, said that prior to the opening of polling precincts, police have already recorded at least 13 incidents, most of them have occurred in Mindanao.

    “So far, based on the report, Mindanao has the most number of incidents, this includes the burning of a four-room school building in Buldon, Maguindanao were burned by armed men,” Rojas said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

    The police official said that since the election-period for village elections, which started on September 28, the police recorded a total of 38 election related incidents have been recorded across the country.

    Figures from the PNP national operations center said that from September 28 up to the eve of Monday’s village election, police have recorded 38 incidents in which 32 are shooting, one strafing, two stabbing and four others.

    These incidents, according to PNP figures, has resulted into the killing of 22 people, some of them are candidates for the village elections, 34 wounded and some eight others were reported missing.

    Despite of the recorded violent incidents, the PNP official expresses his optimism that this year’s village election will be peaceful in general. ANTHONY VARGAS

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