Election areas of concern in Negros Occidental rise to 127
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Election "areas of concern" in Negros Occidental rose from 120 to 127 Saturday, October 26, with barely two days left before the 2013 barangay polls.
Of the 127 barangays, 33 were classified as areas of "immediate concern," while 94 were of "lesser concern," said Col Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade.
There are 662 barangays in Negros Occidental.
In the city of Escalante, where at least 25 extra-judicial killings have allegedly taken place since 2007, 14 barangays were listed as areas of concern due to the presence of New People’s Army rebels.
Two separate election-related violent incidents were reported in Negros Occidental this week.
Alfred Lucero, 57, a candidate for kagawad in Bgy Linaon, Cauayan, was shot dead in his barangay.
Meanwhile, the residence of Kagawad Noel Sabordo in Brgy Dian-Ay, Escalante City was strafed by an unidentified gunman. Nineteen empty shells of an M16 armalite rifle were recovered at the vicinity. Sabordo was unhurt.
Aying said the Philippine Army and the National Police will deploy about 4,000 police and military personnel in Negros Occidental during the barangay election on Monday, October 28. - Rappler.com
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