Cops identify 490 ‘hot spots’ in ARMM for today’s brgy polls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 October 2013 13:25

Police authorities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are closely watching almost 490 barangays earlier identified as areas of immediate concern due to intense political rivalry and due to previous election-related violence.

Despite this, ARMM police regional director Chief Supt. Noel delos Reyes said he was hoping Monday’s election would be peaceful and orderly in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, areas that composed the ARMM.

Lanao del Sur had the most number of “areas of immediate concern” found in Lanao del Sur with 313 villages, followed by Basilan with 57, Maguindanao 55, Sulu 43 and Tawi-Tawi 15.

Delos Reyes said in a statement that about 2,400 policemen have been deployed in the provinces to serve poll duties while 1,600 others will act as members of the board of election tellers (BETs) after public school teachers opted not to serve due to their relationships, by affinity and by blood, with most of the candidates in their areas of assignment.

“They are not from here, they came from the National Capital Region and other administrative regions in Mindanao,” delos Reyes told reporters.

Policemen from Philippine National Police (PNP) offices in Regions 10 and 11 will serve as BETs in Lanao del Sur while those serving in Sulu and Basilan came from PNP Region 9.

Delos Reyes also announced that 17 assorted firearms were seized by policemen from 16 persons for violating the election gun ban. PDS/NYP/EOF