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Blasts rock Cotabato City and Maguindanao ahead of polls

COTABATO CITY – Blasts hit this city and the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao hours before the start of polling today, police said.

Two 40mm rifle grenades fired from a distance exploded about 30 meters away from the compound of Cotabato City Hall in Barangay Rosary Heights 10.

“Nobody was hurt and it was clearly aimed at sowing fear among the electorate,” Colonel Michael Lebanan, city police director said.

No one has claimed responsibility in the grenade blasts near the children’s park of Barangay Rosary Heights 10.

2.4M Soccsksargen residents to cast votes in Monday polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Some 2.431 million residents in Region 12 or Soccsksargen are expected to troop to polling centers and cast their votes in Monday's local and national mid-term elections.

Lawyer Renato Magbutay, Commission on Elections (Comelec)-12 regional director, said on Sunday the region's 3,197 clustered precincts and 1,382 polling centers are all ready for the automated voting.

Data released by Comelec-12 showed that the number of registered voters in the region increased by a total of 345,153 from 2,086,112 in the 2016 elections.

MILF, MNLF, village chiefs’ help sought to ensure peaceful polls

COTABATO CITY -- Military authorities in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces have sought the assistance of village officials, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as front-liners to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE) on Monday.

Lt. Col. Elmer Boongaling, the commander of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (33IB), has met with village officials of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat, and reminded them of their vital role in assuring that elections in their respective communities are orderly and peaceful.

Lanao Norte cop securing voting center shot dead

ILIGAN CITY -- A police corporal detailed with the Kapatagan Municipal Police Station (MPS) in Lanao del Norte succumbed to death after he was shot several times by riding in tandem in Barangay Panoloon, Sapad town past 3 p.m. Saturday.

The victim, identified as Richard Garcia Gordiones, 30, a resident of Poblacion, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte, was pronounced dead on arrival at the provincial hospital in Kapatagan.

Marines to help secure polling sites in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO --- A contingent from the Philippine Marine Corps will help Army and police units secure polling sites in this province on Monday.

Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division told reporters Sunday among those they are to guard tightly are Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sultan Mastura and Sultan Kudarat towns in the first district of Maguindanao.

He said a composite group from the 1st Marine Brigade and the 2nd Marine Battalion shall help the Commission on Elections oversee the conduct of Monday’s polling in Datu Odin Sinsuat.

Get rid of corrupt politicians, bishop urges voters

People should not expect change if they will continue to vote for corrupt politicians, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Francisco De Leon of Antipolo said corruption is still a big problem in the country because corrupt politicians keep getting elected.

“If we keep voting candidates who are known to be corrupt, don’t expect that our lives will improve,” De Leon said.

The prelate was speaking in his homily during Mass to celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage at the Antipolo Cathedral on Tuesday.

CBCP keeps nonpartisan stance, urges ‘wise vote’

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has clarified they will leave partisan politics to the lay people.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, particularly refuted reports that they endorsed a number of senatorial candidates.

“The CBCP did not make any such endorsement,” Valles said. “Bishops and priests are not allowed to do that. That is clearly partisan politics.”

“The CBCP continues to appeal to all Filipinos: Vote wisely in the coming elections. Let us continue to pray for a peaceful, credible and honest elections,” he said.

CORDS for Region 12 meets Army, PNP to ensure peaceful polls

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, President Duterte’s Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Region 12 met with Saturday with police and military officials and relayed to them the President’s marching orders for May 13 polls.

“I relayed to them the directive President Rody Duterte to address vote buying and political terrorism so the people will be able to freely choose their leaders,” Piñol said in a statement after meeting with election stakeholders here.

Authorities seek public support against poll anomalies

COTABATO CITY --- Security officials on Saturday urged voters to help gather video recordings of people buying votes on Monday for them to be prosecuted for the offense.

Tension among rival political camps in central Mindanao and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has gone fever pitch, escalated by accusations of vote-buying being spread through social media.

Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said Saturday allegations of vote buying posted on Facebook cannot be used as evidence in prosecution of offenders.

Bigas nakaimbak sa barangay hall ng Koronadal, pinigil ng Comelec

KORONADAL CITY - Agad na umaksyon ang Commission on Election (Comelec), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at local police sa report ng isang concerned citizen na may mga sako ng bigas na nakaimbak sa Barangay Hall ng Barangay Carpenter Hill.

Ayon kay Atty. Micheal Ignes, Koronadal City election officer, napagkasunduan ng Comelec, DILG at PNP na i-hold na muna ang mga bigas hanggang May 20 para hindi umano magamit sa election sa May 13, 2019.

Sinabi ni Ignes na base sa mga residente na pinapa-utang umano ang mga bigas.


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