Negros town placed under Comelec control after slay of 2 reelectionist councilors

Marty Go, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2019 02:49 PM

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections said Monday that it has placed Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental under its control following the killing of 2 town councilors seeking reelection. 

This allows the poll body to scrutinize all government programs, including officials' performance of their duties, disbursement of funds and the deployment of personnel, said Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho, Jr.

A task force composed of officials from the Comelec, police, military and interior department oriented local officials about the new set-up, he said. 

All police officers in the municipality were also relieved following the declaration, said Kho. 

Soldiers and army tanks were also deployed to the streets, while security checkpoints were put up. 

Last April 25, Sanggunian Bayan member Michael Garcia and his uncle Mark were killed in an ambush while campaigning in Barangay Inolingan. 

Another councilor, Jolomar Hilario, was gunned down by suspected New People's Army rebels on March 30.