15 killed in 28 poll -related incidents since January PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 15:09

A total of 15 people have been confirmed killed in election-related incidents (ERIs) since the start of the election period last January 10.

The Philippine National Police released the data in a press conference on Sunday, a day before the May 9 local and national elections.

The PNP said that a total of 146 violent incidents were recorded nationwide from January 10 to May 8.

Of the said number, 28 have been validated as ERIs with 15 fatalities and nine injured victims.

The PNP said that 60 incidents of the 146 reports have been confirmed as “non-ERIs” and 58 are still being suspected as ERIs.

On Saturday, the last day of the campaign period for this year’s elections, four people were killed in separate atacks against two mayoral candidates in Isabela and Bukidnon provinces.

The PNP said five of the validated ERIs were reported in Central Luzon, four each in Central Visayas, Cagayan Valley and Calabarzon, three in Ilocos Region, two each in Northern Mindanao and Metro Manila and one each in Zamboanga Peninsula, Bicol region, Soccsksargen and Cordillera Administrative Region.

PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor also said during the press conference that they have arrested 12 people for violation of the election liquor ban as of 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, Mayor said that the miting de avance of the five presidential candidates held around the National Capital Region on Saturday was generally peaceful.

Vice Mayor Jejomar Binay gathered his supporters in Makati City for his miting de avance.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe held their miting de avance in Manila.

Former Interior secretary Mar Roxas held his last campaign rally in Quezon City while Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s supporters held a street party instead of a miting de avance, also in Quezon City.

Peaceful polls

Malacañang, meanwhile, assured that the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are capable of ensuring orderly and peaceful elections on Monday.

“Sa aspeto ng seguridad, ganap ang kahandaan ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng Sandatahang Lakas at Pambansang Kapulisan upang tulungan ang Comelec (Commission on Elections) sa maayos at tahimik na pagdaraos ng halalan,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over state-run radio dzRB.

Coloma added that the Department of Education is already prepared to accomodate more than 50 million registered voters around the country on Election Day.

He also said that the government is closely coordinating with the energy sector to mAke sure there will be enough power supply during and after the elections.

“Nakikiisa din tayo sa mga citizen’s watchdog groups at maraming hanay ng boluntaryo na nag-aalay ng kanilang panahon upang tumulong din sa COMELEC,” Coloma added. — GMA News