PRESS RELEASE
NUP Maria Christina I. Mayor

Published on
12 May 2016

Iloilo election, generally peaceful

Camp Francisco U. Sumagaysay, Sr., STA. BARBARA, ILOILO, May 12 -- The generally peaceful atmosphere during the campaign period carried over up to election day in Iloilo, where no untoward election related incident happened, despite the shooting incident in Balasan which is still being validated by the authorities.

Iloilo Police Provincial Office Acting Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Roderick Augustus Alba roamed the different areas in the province, especially the towns with reports of tension, to personally inspect the peace and order situation and diffuse the tension between the supporters of the candidates.

Iloilo province 12 noontime of May 10, all Vote Counting Machines(VCM) were reported secure, there were no reported cases of harassment to the board of Election Inspectors (BEI), there were no violence recorded inside the polling precincts and as of writing, no protests were filed contesting the election results.

The Provincial Election Monitoring Action Centre (PEMAC) recorded 12 incidents which involved the candidates and/or their supporters which may be related to the elections.

These incidents include a heated argument in Janiuay, several alleged harassment incidents in Alimodian, threats and harassment in San Enrique, threats in San Miguel, shooting incidents in Bingawan, Oton and Balasan and alleged harassment in Dumangas.

There was no report of arrests relating to the liquor ban while one vote-buying incident was recorded in Ajuy, Iloilo.

Meanwhile, the shooting incident in Balasan, Iloilo is still being validated whether or not it will be considered as election-related, the confirmation of which will come from COMELEC.

Pending the classification, there has been a breakthrough in the investigation, with witnesses coming out to identify the suspects and establish motive.

IPPO hopes to file an airtight case the soonest possible time.

Meanwhile, the alleged shoot-out in Calinog is being probed and IPPO calls on both camps to come out and cooperate with the PNP for possible filing of case.

The Philippine National Police will continue to be on full alert status and monitor all election-related incidents until the election period ends on June 8, 2016.#