LEGAZPI CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5, was in full alert on May 14 during the 2018 Barangay and SK Elections.
PNP 5 Police Senior Inspector Ma. Luisa Calubaquib said that they have doubled their efforts to ensure peaceful elections, especially in areas included in the watch list of the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council.
Calubaquib said that 30% of barangays in Bicol are included in the list.
The Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council is composed of the PNP, COMELEC and other law enforcement agencies.
Meanwhile, of 128 shooting incidents in Bicol from January 1 to May 3, 8 were alleged politically motivated according to PNP.
According to Calubaquib, “8 village officials were shot and killed, 1 in Camarines Norte, 1 in Sorsogon and 6 in Masbate”.
“We will continue to monitor the said areas and make sure that police visibility is present even after the election,” Calubaquib said. (JT Bernal)