3 cities, 8 towns in Mindanao election ‘hot spots’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Three cities and eight towns in Mindanao are considered election “hot spots,” Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said Monday.

The list includes the cities of Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur, Cagayan de Oro and Marawi City; and the towns of Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Lantawan and Tipo-Tipo in Basilan; Sultan Dumalondong in Lanao del Sur; and Mamasapano, Shariff Aguak, Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Unsay in Maguindanao.

Except for Pagadian and Cagayan de Oro, the “hot spots” in Mindanao were placed under Category III or areas that had experienced election-related violence, Albayalde said at a press conference in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

In Luzon, considered “hot spots’ are the towns of Daraga in Albay where Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, a candidate for mayor, was shot dead on Dec. 22 last year; Sudipen and Balawan in La Union; Jones in Isabela; Lemery in Batangas; Roxas in Oriental Mindoro; and Balud and Dimasalang in Masbate.

No area in the Visayas was included in the PNP’s list of “hot spots”. (MindaNews)