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Comelec places 5 Leyte towns under election watch list

Tacloban City (March 14) -- Five municipalities in the province of Leyte have been identified to be under the election watch list.

These are the towns of Tabontabon in the Second District, Calubian in the Third District, Kananga and Palompon in the Fourth District and Mahaplag in the Fifth District. No municipality in the First District of the province meets the criteria set by Comelec, for a municipality to be included in the list.

This is included in the report given by Leyte Provincial Police Director John Sosito to Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla.

The five municipalities have been placed under the election watchlist as per the parameters set by the Comelec.

The Comelec would have an area placed under watch if there is intense political rivalry, a history of election-related violence, and the presence of an armed group.

The Provincial Police Director also informed the Governor about intelligence reports that there are two private armed groups being monitored in the province. He said that the concerned municipal stations have already been alerted regarding such existence.

Leyte Provincial Police Director Sosito assured the Governor that a stepped up measure the police has adopted and is already implementing to prevent any election related violence during the election period.

Also discussed during the briefing were issues such as the tactical movement of all police forces during the campaign period, the creation and setting up of the Election Monitoring Action Center in the province down to the municipal level, the strict implementation of the gun ban, and the security arrangement of candidates running in the local polls as set by the Comelec.

Based on the report of the Provincial Police Director, the security plans and measures for the forthcoming May polls are already in placed as the Provincial Police gave the assurance that it is committed to preserving the sanctity of the May 10 elections. (PIA 8) [top]

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