monitors election hotspots in East Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine National Police continues to monitor
and assess the provinces, cities and municipalities in Eastern Visayas
for election-related violent incidents months before next year’s
In a conference with
the local media, the PRO 8 officials led by Director Mario San Diego
and the Police Relations Officers of the various provinces and cities
in Region 8, PIDR Leopoldo N. Bataoil of the Directorate for Police
Community Relations, said that the PNP in the Region is now in the
process of assessment and based on the assessment, make
Police Regional Office
8 Director Mario San Diego disclosed that the PNP has “historical”
data based on the 2004 and 2007 elections.
Director San Diego
informed that a review of the list is necessary to find out if there
is a need to include other areas.
“We are conducting
continuing assessments on areas of concern and areas of immediate
concern, and making recommendations so we can plan ahead with the
deployment of forces,” Director San Diego said.
assessment of the prevailing situation in all election areas of
concern will be subject to continuous validation and review,” he
He intimated that the
recommendation may be for the pull out of the entire police force in a
particular area and swap it with the entire force from another area or
reinforce the police force with the addition of men from the Police
For his part, PIDR
Leopoldo N. Bataoil informed that before an area is considered an
election hotspot, several factors will be considered, like the history
of election-related violent incidents in past elections; the existence
of intense political rivalry between contending parties; the possible
employment of partisan armed groups by candidates in the area, and the
presence of domestic threat groups.
The PNP can only make
recommendations to the Comelec which is the one in charge on election
matters, he added.
Earlier, PNP chief
Director General Jesus Verzosa has ordered a review of the list of
election areas of concern to serve as a guide in the deployment of
personnel and resources.
“This will serve as a
reference or point of consideration in operational planning such as
deployment of security forces, structuring of local
PNP units, and availability of resources,” he stated in
Based on records, only
Samar province and five municipalities and one city under it, has been
consistent election hotspots in the 2001, 2004 and 2007 elections. The
Samar LGUs are Calbayog City, Matuguinao, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan,
Sta. Margarita and Tarangnan.