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BARMM PNP form special task groups for May 9 polls

COTABATO CITY – Police authorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have created two special operations task groups to help ensure peaceful and orderly national and local elections.

Brig. Gen. Arthur R Cabalona, Police Regional Office (PRO)-BARMM director, said Tuesday the task groups were created specifically for Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces, where some places categorized by police as “areas of concern” have been identified.

Comelec urged to declare 300 places as ‘areas of concern’

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday said there are some 300 places in the country that may be declared as areas of concern in relation to the upcoming May 9 elections.

Commissioner George Garcia said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have recommended that the areas be declared as areas of concern.

"As of today, there are recommendations submitted to us. But there is yet a Comelec resolution formally declaring these as areas of concern," he said in a press briefing Thursday in Manila.

2 cities, 16 towns in BARMM listed as “hot spot areas”

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao  – Following a series of assessment and evaluation as well as sharing of intelligence information with the military, police authorities in the Bangsamoro Autononous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have identified 16 towns and two cities as “hot spot areas” in the region during election season.

Named as “red code” areas are towns and cities where violence in previous elections, intense political rivalry and presence of threat armed groups and terrorist organizations exist in these areas.

Sec. Ano: Paggamit ng gov't resources sa pangangampanya ay bawal

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday warned local chief executives not to allow the use of resources of local government units (LGU) in election campaign activities.

In a radio interview, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said they have received reports of candidates using government vehicles and other resources in their campaign sorties across the country.

Smartmatic assures May 2022 polls secure, no data breach

MANILA – Software provider Smartmatic Inc. on Monday assured that the May 2022 elections would be secure and no data breach of their servers.

During a House hearing, Smartmatic Legal Counsel Christopher Louie Ocampo said the Automated Election System (AES) source code and software were subjected to extensive audits, both locally and internationally.

Ocampo said Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) servers and infrastructure are independent and that the poll body never shares electoral data with Smartmatic

PRRD sees ‘no compelling reason yet’ to endorse prexy candidate

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has not seen any compelling reason yet to endorse a presidential candidate, Malacañang said on Saturday.

During the “Ask Me Anything, Anywhere” segment aired on his Facebook page, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar maintained that Duterte has yet to pick his preferred successor.

MisOc mayoral aspirant shot, hurt

CALAMBA, Misamis Occodental -- Gipusal sa wala pa mailhi nga suspect si mayoral candidate George Garwin Matunog duol sa bagong pag-ablihan nga 7/11 Calamba Branch karong buntag.

Galakaw padulong sa 7/11 branch ang biktima og gasunod kaniya ang escort sa dihang mi-overtake ang usa ka single motor nga adunay angkas og mao kini ang mipusil kay Matunog sa nawog.

Gidala gidayon sa nirespondeng police car si Matunog sa Calamba District Hospital.

MNLF is for peaceful elections

COTABATO CITY --- Members of the Moro National Liberation Front are supporting the efforts of the Commission on Elections in ensuring a peaceful electoral exercise on May 9, 2020, a senior MNLF official said Saturday.

Bangsamoro Labor Minister Romeo Sema, vice chairman for political affairs of the MNLF, said all of their members, either registered voters or not, had been directed to help in ensuring peaceful elections on May 9 in their respective municipalities.

BARMM cop chief elated as Maguindanao candidates sign covenant for peaceful elections

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao  – Police, military, election officials and political aspirants see peaceful and orderly elections in Maguindanao after the major aspirants signed peace covenant here Thursday.

COMELEC cancels gubernatorial COC in Sultan Kudarat of Maguindanao mayor

By Ali G. Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – Former beauty titlist Sarifa Akeel-Mangudadatu is virtually left without a rival in the gubernatorial race for Sultran Kudarat after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) cancelled the certificate of candidacy of her lone opponent.

The First Division of the COMELEC under Commissioner Rowena Rueda-Guanzon upheld the petition of the female candidate earlier filed against Datu Ali Pax Mangudadatu, sitting mayor of Datu Abdullah Sangki town, Maguindanao, for alleged lack of residency and violation of the Omnibus Election Code provisions.


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