PNP: Election-related violence lower in 2013
MANILA – With a little over two weeks to go before the May 13 elections, several incidents of election-related violence have been reported.
Among them was the attack on the convoy of the wife of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Gingoog Mayor Ruthie Guingona.
But the Philippine National Police (PNP) says the number of election-related violence is lower this year.
Authorities have recorded just 45 cases since January compared to 75 cases reported in the same period in 2010.
“Nu’ng 2010 nag-shoot up dahil sa isang event, 'yung Maguindanao masaker...Sa presidential elections, diyan mainit, pero mas mainit ang local kaysa national,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez.
The Comelec says it is ready to place areas with hot local races under areas of concern, grave concern and Comelec control.
“Mas lalong tumitindi ang init ng halalan. Sa mga kandidato, sa mga supporters, konting lamig ng ulo,” Jimenez said.
The poll body also assures the public that they will keep an even closer watch on elections hot spots.