No need for Comelec control on Negros Occ – PNP, AFP

In making the request on Tuesday, April 2, Marañon cited the recent killings of a policeman and police asset, as well as 18 incidents of extra-judicial killings in previous elections. The local campaign period started on Friday, March 29.

Marañon said the killing in Escalante City Monday night emphasized the need for security in the province for the upcoming elections. Eight suspected NPA assassins shot dead Police Officer 1 Bejein Tanguan and police asset Joseph Lutrago, who was considered a campaign leader in the city.

The governor's fears counters the improved peace-and-order situation that the military, the police, and the local church celebrated in Bacolod City on Thursday, April 4.

AFP Chief of Staff Emmanuel Bautista himself attended the 5th founding anniversary celebration of the Church-Military and Police Advisory Group - Negros (CMPAG-N). Marañon was supposed to attend the event, but he sent a representative instead.

Negros Occidental, home to almost 1.6 million voters this year, is also one of the remaining bastions of communist insurgency in the Philippines. The officers, however, are confident the situation is under control. -