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Bongao, Tawi-Tawi—The Commission on Elections and local government units are recommending that 100 of the province’s 203 villages be classified as areas of immediate concern in the Oct. 28 barangay elections.
Should the Department of Interior and Local Government approve this, polling precincts in these barangays should have between five and seven police or military security on election day, Comelec and the LGUs said.
In Bongao, the provincial capital, 16 of 35 barangays have been named areas of concern.
Failure of elections were declared in certain areas in the past years. In 2007, elections in barangays Lahay-Lahay and Tandubas did not push through after a polling center burned down. In 2010, elections in Putat, South Ubian failed after members of the Board of Election Inspectors left the precincts fearing for their lives.
Checkpoints have been set up around the province to implement the election gun ban and to prevent crimes involvingRead More »from Half of Tawi-Tawi barangays recommended as areas of concern