PNP records 27 election-related deaths ahead of barangay, SK polls

Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2018 02:04 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 27 deaths and 20 election-related incidents a few days before the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

Data from the PNP also showed that six people have been wounded in election-related violence.

Eleven suspects, meanwhile, have been arrested, while 83 remain at large. Police said 23 of the 83 suspects have been identified.

Election-related violence and deaths are lower this time compared to the 57 election-related incidents recorded during the last barangay and youth council polls in 2013, the PNP said.

On Saturday, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde visited Butuan City as part of his inspection tour of Mindanao.

Albayalde said he has alerted police units of potential vote-buying ahead of the polls, a perennial issue in the run-up to the village elections.

A total of 160,000 policemen have been deployed to secure the polls on Monday, May 14.

As of April, the PNP has identified 5,744 election hotspots, excluding those in Metro Manila.