Commission on Elections and Philippine National Police officials yesterday said the five election hotspots in Negros Occidental cited by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be subjected to validation.
Marañon said Monday that there are five election hotspots in Negros Occidental but refused to name the areas, saying that was “privileged information”.
The Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council composed of the Comelec, Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines last week said there were no poll areas of concern or hotspots in the province. .
The dry spell hitting Negros Occidental has expanded to more areas and crops, causing losses to rise to P35,148,982, Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan said yesterday.
The losses cover 1,250.97 hectares of rice, corn, and high value crops in four towns, Tabianan said in his updated report to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
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Comelec, PNP downplay
NegOr ‘poll hotspot' tag
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police downplayed the Negros Oriental tag as an “election hotspot” in the Philippines, in the May 9 synchronized elections.
This comes as the Comelec, PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies convened at the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office to formally activate the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council in time for the mid-term polls.