449 barangays in Western Visayas on poll watchlist
MANILA -- At least 449 barangays in Western Visayas have been placed under the watchlist of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), at least 430 of these barangays are hounded by insurgency while 13 are among the areas of immediate concern.
The Comelec and PNP will deploy election officers with ballot boxes to reach areas of Panay Island on Saturday.
More police and military troops will also be deployed to ensure security in the area.
The Comelec said a police security plan for critical areas is already in place ahead of the elections on Monday.
Meanwhile, a total of 93 violations of the Comelec gun ban have been recorded so far.
Eighty firearms, nine explosives and three gun replicas have been confiscated. -- Report from Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News Western Visayas