Women maul election volunteer in Maguindanao


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The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao holds a new voter's registration Monday, July 9

MANILA, Philippines – A volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) was mauled by apparent election partisans on the eve of a new registration for voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV chair, told ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, that PPCRV volunteer Sarah Kamarugin was assaulted in Maguindanao Sunday, July 8, after she reportedly refused to accommodate apparent partisans to become PPCRV volunteers.

De Villa said a group of women mauled the hapless volunteer, prompting her hospitalization Sunday. She has since recovered, according to De Villa.

A new voter registration is being held in ARMM on Monday, July 9, to purge the old list  of “ghost” voters. It will last till July 18.

The old list contained 1.8 million voters in ARMM, De Villa said. Election authorities expect a lower number this time — around P1.5 million.

Elections in ARMM have always been controversial, and the region used to seal tight senatorial contests. – Rappler.com


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