ELECTIONS 2022: At least 7 dead, 10 wounded by election day

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QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 9: Citizens wait to cast their ballots to elect new leader in presidential election at White Plains, Quezon City, Philippines on May 9, 2022. At least 7 people were reported dead and several others injured in election-related violence. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - MAY 9: Citizens wait to cast their ballots to elect new leader in presidential election at White Plains, Quezon City, Philippines on May 9, 2022. At least 7 people were reported dead and several others injured in election-related violence. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Based on a tally of Yahoo Philippines, at least seven people died while 10 were wounded during the eve and day itself of the May 9 national and local elections. All casualties were from Mindanao.

In Lanao del Sur, four people were killed in two different towns in the province. Three of those deaths were in Malabang town alone, with one voter killed in Jose Abad Santos Central Elementary School while two were killed in the vicinity of Malabang National High School. They were said to be supporters of political rivals in the town.

The one meanwhile was killed in Binidayan town, after arguing with a supporter of an opposing candidate.

Meanwhile in Maguindanao province, just as polling precincts opened in the morning, three security guards were killed in Buluan town. In the same incident, one security guard was wounded.

Nine people were also wounded after a grenade attack in Datu Unsay, Lanao del Sur on the eve of election day. All those who were wounded in the incident were said to come from remote areas and walked eight to 12 hours on foot.

Some poll watchers of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP), a party who endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo, were allegedly harassed by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Cotabato City.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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