315 villages in Western Visayas as possible election ‘hotspots’
POLICE have listed in its ‘watchlists’ around 315 villages in the Western Visayas region were violence are likely to occur during next year’s mid-term local and national election.
Senior Supt. Manuel Felix, the deputy regional director for administration of the Western Visayas police said the figure was higher by 49 villages that police had listed in the watchlist in the previous elections.
The police official said in a statement that at present, there are 89 villages classified as category 1 status or election areas of concern and 226 are listed as election areas of immediate concerns.
Felix said that the recent assessment have resulted to the increase of election watchlist as compared to previous elections and the said that figure might increase depending on the situation.
“The number of watch list areas increased because of the criteria based on the pattern [and] monitoring is continuing in these areas and we will ensure that corresponding measures to attend the problem or issue of election watch list,” Felix said.
The police official added that the Western Visayas police figures on election watchlist is slightly higher as compared to the record of Camp Crame , the PNP headquarters, which put the number of watchlist to 508 nationwide.
”Supposing [that] we over estimate but we are guided by the criteria in tagging a barangay in our watchlist,” Felix said.
The villages listed in the watchlist were from Negros Occidental,126; Capiz, 77; Iloilo ,75; Antique, 17; Aklan and Iloilo City , 9 each; and Bacolod City , 2, while no hotspot were recorded in Guimaras.