Violence mars election day
MANILA, Philippines – Violence marred this year’s midterm election.
Rappler aggregated newly-reported cases of election-related violence across the country.
Negros Oriental shooting
A shooting incident between the Philippine Army and the New People's Army resulted in the death of Private first class Aris L. De Imoy. Private first class Anastasio Aloba Sr, who was involved in the shooting, survived. Both are members of the 79th Infantry Batallion.
The 15-minute shootout happened at 11am on election day.
It occurred at a territorial enclave in Brgy Milagrosa, Sta Catalina.
In Gagua, Pampanga, Kaya Natin lead convenor Harvey Keh tweeted a harassment report implicating the camp of gubernatorial re-electionist Lilia Pineda with an accompanying screenshot of a message from Mark Anthony, a victim of political intimidation.
Kaya Natin supports Pineda’s rival Liberal Party (LP) bet Edgardo “Among Ed” Panlilio.
Anthony claimed that at approximately 7:05am he went to the precinct to vote but was shocked that jueteng kubradors assisted him in locating his name on the list. The watchers inside the precinct who were from Pineda's KAMBILAN party alarmed Anthony.
Voters were given sample ballots with other candidates’ names erased except that of Pineda’s. The voters were instructed: “bubulung la ngan na reng Pineda neh ali yula kakalingwan.” (Don’t forget Pineda.)
Anthony said those from Pineda’s camp situated themselves in the voting area to see the votes in their ballots.
When he tried to report the incident to supervisors, he was advised not to report the incident to the police, as the latter were not allowed inside.
Absent from the precinct were representatives from Comelec, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and poll watchers of Panlilio.
Taguig Precinct Chaos
A tweet from GMA News and a Facebook post from DZMM said that four supporters were injured in a precinct in Taguig.
The injuries were sustained by supporters of mayoral candidate Rica Tinga after an encounter with supporters of mayoral re-electionist Lani Cayetano.
Rappler reporter Angela Casauay reported a shooting incident in the morning of the elections leaving one dead and 6 injured in Panglima Estini, Sulu.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Philippine National Police (ARMM PNP), confirmed the death of farmer Abo LNU (50) and the injuries of Nhu Asanun (45), Mardimae Sabri (19), Aldin Saluwahab (21), Nurhati Mahamud (24) and Nurhima Mahamud (24).
Zamboanga explosions and gun attacks
DZMM reported an explosion at the residence of Zamboanga Sibugay Brgy Chairman Roden Piñasa, at approximately 4:00am today.
Authorities are conducting an investigation in order to determine the type of explosive used.
Sunstar.com reports that 3 were killed and 3 others were wounded during separate gun attacks in Zamboanga Peninsula. The incident occurred last Saturday at Brgy Biswangan, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur. Sito Tanog (28), Jovencio Tanog (31), and Bemar Marikit (13) died in the shootout.
A separate gun attack last Friday in Brgy Manga, Pagadian City wounded Luzviminda Lambag (57), Joselito Marikit (45) and Bearge Marikit (10).
DZMM reported that the supporters of incumbent Mayor Carlito Zapla were shot while riding a van owned by Zapla.
According to Rappler mover Markfil Tersol, the 7th division of Philippine Army said that one was injured during the shootout, which occurred at around 11pm on May 12, Sunday.
Tersol also reported that two supporters of Felacitas Soriano were also injured from another shootout in Malasiqui, Pangasinan. Mayoral re-electionist Armando Domantay was accused but he denied his involvement in the incident.
Cavite gun fight
Tweets from Cavite City residents highlighted the intensity of election-related violence in the area.
In a report by Inquirer.net, a gunfight ensued between the Cavite city police and armed men at Brgy Bawan-Bawan, wounding a man at around 10:30pm on the eve of the elections.
Chief Supt. Benito Estipona, CALABARZON police director, said that one of the suspects was shot and had been taken to the hospital.
According to Cavite police information officer, Supt. Rommel Estolano, the encounter was reported by a concerned citizen at around 9:30pm.
UNTV News reported a shootout at the Kalingatnan Elementary School in Samar which resulted in the death of PO1 Agerio Afable, who was in charge of monitoring the PCOS machine for the elections.
Glicerio Gema, brgy tanod who accompanied Afable, was also wounded and is reported to be in critical condition.
In Catharman, Northern Samar, InterAksyon reported three separate shooting incidents that resulted in 2 deaths and one wounded person on May 11 and 12.
Former Brgy councilor Libho Arturo Gallano was shot dead at around 9am on Sunday, May 12.
Nestor “Entong” Surio, a ward leader of LP mayoral bet Jocelyn Uy-Curso, died after the incident, which appeared to be a robbery at approximately 3pm.
At around 11pm Saturday, a supporter of Gamay Mayor Timoteo Capaquian was shot in the stomach and rushed to Catarman Doctors Hospital.
Yesterday, a district school supervisor was ambushed by gunmen and died at Gen Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao.
According to the witnesses, the suspects parked on the highway and waited for the victims.
In an interview with DZMM, the spokesperson of 6th Infantry Division of Philippine Army said that their forces were enough but admitted that Maguindanao is hard to monitor. - Rappler.com
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