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Comelec places Trinidad, Tagbilaran under watchlist

Tagbilaran City (7 May) -- Two places here have been placed under tight Comission on Elections watch following intense political rivalry claims and peace and order assessment by authorities.

Tagbilaran City and Trinidad town has been placed under Comelec Category A area; or that which has intense political rivalry and recorded election related violence in the past two elections.

Bohol's main city, according to newspaper reports showed an intense political rivalry between reelectionist Mayor Dan Lim and Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso. An ambush attempt for Governor Erico Aumentado was also recorder in 2004 has been reportedly the primary reasons of its being under the watchlist.

Reports also alleged that the incumbent's organized city monitoring task force as being used to harrass and threaten voters.

On the other hand, Trinidad town on the northern part of Bohol has become an election area of concern with tight election rivalry between Governor and congressional candidate Erico Aumentado running against the Judith Cajes, wife of Rep. Roberto Cajes.

The two parties have been trading barbed accusations over Bohol radio airlanes, setting the stage for suits traded between both camps.

After a joint security coordination conference in Cebu, the Comelec placed the two areas under its watch prompting the regional police office to put up an additional aumentation.

The fresh police peace and security keepers came after three platoons of the Regional Public Safety Mobile Force was sent on the eve of the local election campaigns to secure Ubay, Getafe and Trinidad towns.

According to Bohol police commander PSSUpt Rodofo Llorca, with 819 personnel deployable for polling duty, the augmentation force allows the ideal ration of at least one police officer securing every PCOS machine.

Other than that, the army unit in Bohol has assured a full batallion of special forces spread in tactical ares in Bohol to pre-empt any attempt to terrorize voters. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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